Commonly known as a “pinched nerve” in the back cause by irritation or compression of the nerve roots in the lumbar area. Symptoms include but not limited to Sciatica radiating type of pain to hips and leg, numbness and weakness of lower extremities. Common causes include injuries and heavy lifting in young people, arthritis and wear and tear in mid age and elderly. Diagnosis is made via physical exam, history taking, and MRI. Treatment consists of physical therapy, acupuncture, chiropractor and surgical decompression.