Lower back disc pain

Lower back disc pain originates in the lumbar spine. The lumbar spinal discs can be found between the five lumbar vertebrae (L1 to L5) and between the last lumbar vertebrae (L5) and the sacrum underneath it (S1).

These soft, round cushions provide padding for vertebral bones and elasticity for the spinal column. If a disc in the lower back is injured you may feel intense pain and stiffness that radiates from the lower back to the pelvis, thighs and feet.

Getting a diagnosis

Lower back disc pain can be treated in a variety of ways, but your first step should be to visit your physician. He or she will likely ask you to describe your pain in as much detail as possible. Your physician may also examine certain areas of the back to confirm that you’re experiencing disc pain in the lumbar region of the spine.

Questions your physician may ask about your disc pain symptoms may include:

  • 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 your 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 will provide your physician with a good sense of where your damaged disc condition is located.

Additionally, your physician probably will ask you to undergo imaging tests such as an MRI or CT scan. This imagery often provides a clear view of which disc is out of place and which nerve root is being pinched.

Treatment options

Once your physician has confirmed a diagnosis, he or she will most likely start you on a nonsurgical treatment routine, which may include pain medication, injections, physical therapy or other methods.

If your lower back disc pain has not responded to nonsurgical treatments, Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive spine surgery that is a safer and more effective alternative to traditional open back surgery.

Our minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures have helped more than 60,000 patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain. Advantages to the procedures at Laser Spine Institute include:

  • Outpatient procedures
  • Smaller incision for minimal scar tissue
  • Faster recuperation time§ when compared to traditional open spine surgery
  • No overnight hospitalization

Contact us today to find out if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery. We can provide a no-cost MRI review* and help you take the next step on your journey to pain relief.