Lower Back Disc Pain
Lower back disc pain originates in the lumbar spine. Sandwiched between the five lumbar vertebrae (L1 to L5), and also between the last lumbar vertebrae (L5) and the sacrum underneath it (S1), are intervertebral discs. These soft, round cushions provide padding for vertebral bones and elasticity for the spinal column. If a disc in the lower back is injured, however, there’s a good chance that intense pain and stiffness will radiate from the lower back to the pelvis, thighs and feet.
Lower back disc pain can be treated in a variety of ways, but your first step should be to visit a physician who will ask you to describe your pain in as much detail as possible. He or she may palpate certain areas of the back to confirm that you’re experiencing disc pain in the lumbar region of the spine. Below are a few questions that your physician may ask about your disc pain symptoms.
- Have you experienced tingling in your lower back?
- Have you felt pain that is localized in your lumbar region?
- Have you felt lumbar disc pain that seems to begin in your lower back, but then shoots down through your buttock and leg on one side (sciatica)?
- Have ever experienced numbness in your lower back?
- Have you ever felt pain when you twist from side to side?
- Have your leg muscles ever felt weak or unresponsive?
- Have you ever bent forward or arched back and felt as if you did not have the strength to return to an upright position?
- Which daily activities are hardest for you to perform with your back disc pain?
Your answers to these questions and others will provide your physician with a good sense of where your damaged disc or discs are located. Your physician probably will ask you to undergo imaging tests such as an MRI or CT scan. This imagery often provides physicians with a clear view of which disc is out of place and what nerve root is being pinched.
Once your physician has confirmed a diagnosis, he or she will most likely start you on a schedule of conservative treatment. Non-invasive methods of pain relief do not prove effective for every patient. If this is the case, the experts at Laser Spine Institute would like to offer you an option that is a welcome alternative to traditional open back operations.
Our minimally invasive procedures have helped tens of thousands of people across the world find relief from back pain. Advantages to the procedures at Laser Spine Institute include no hospitalization as well as minimal scar tissue and expedited recuperation time when compared to traditional open spine surgery. Contact us today for more information and for a review of your MRI or CT scan.