What treatments are available for a pinched nerve at the L5 level?
A pinched nerve at the L5 level of the spine is almost always associated with the set of symptoms known as sciatica. The sciatic nerve, which is the longest nerve in the body, originates near the fifth vertebra (L5) of the lumbar (lower back) region of the spine. When a degenerative condition such as spinal arthritis or degenerative disc disease disrupts the anatomical integrity of the lower back, the long sciatic nerve becomes vulnerable to compression. This compression can produce symptoms such as localized pain, shooting pain, tingling, numbness or muscle weakness in the lower body.
Conservative treatment for a pinched nerve at the L5 level
More often than not, the pain and other symptoms of lower back nerve compression can be managed using conservative treatment methods, including:
- Over-the-counter or prescription pain medication
- Physical therapy
- Directed exercise
- Behavior modification
- Alternative treatments, such as chiropractic therapy and acupuncture
Surgical treatment for a pinched nerve at the L5 level
If symptoms associated with a pinched nerve at the L5 level persist despite weeks or months of conservative treatment, your doctor might suggest elective surgery as an alternative. Rather than settle for an extremely disruptive traditional open back operation, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn whether an outpatient procedure may be able to solve the problem.
Our orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons use state-of-the-technology to treat the source of the nerve compression, and our procedures require a shorter recovery period^ than traditional surgery. This is done by using a less than 1-inch incision and muscle-sparing techniques in order to alleviate pinched nerve symptoms.
To date, we have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from their chronic neck or back conditions, like a pinched nerve. We’ll review your MRI or CT scan* to determine if you are a potential candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery.