Lumbar disc pain overview

Lumbar disc pain may be one of the most frustrating health conditions to experience. Not only can the symptoms of pain, tingling, weakness and loss of feeling in your lower body create debilitating discomfort, but also you may also find that your quality of life decreases. If you can no longer pick up your children or grandchildren, go to the gym, play your weekly round of golf or reach the cereal bowls on the top shelf of the kitchen cabinet, it’s time to take a stand against your condition and find some treatment options for pain relief through the information provided in the following article.

Why do we get lumbar disc pain?

Disc pain in the lower back is common because your lower back supports most of the body’s weight. The lower back also experiences a lot of daily use as you sit, stand, walk, run, twist from side to side, bend forward and arch backward. Whether you realize it or not, you depend on the soft and flexible discs between your vertebrae to help your body bounce back from everyday movements.

As you age, however, the discs between each vertebra begin to weaken. Some of your activities may damage your discs, too, such as standing all day at work, lifting heavy weights or maintaining a poor posture. One way to combat lumbar disc pain is to understand both your condition and the treatment options available to you.

Understanding lumbar disc pain

The lumbar spine (lower back) contains five vertebrae, labeled L1 to L5. A disc exists between each vertebra as well as between the L5 (the last lumbar vertebra) vertebra and the fused sacrum below, called S1. Lumbar discs that are deteriorating, bulging, breaking open or thinning can push out into the spinal canal where major nerve roots are located. For example, the largest nerve in the body, called the sciatic nerve, begins in the lumbar spine and runs through the buttocks, down each leg and into the feet.

It is very common for a bulging or herniated disc around the L4, L5 and S1 levels to press on the sciatic nerve and cause sciatica, which is one of the most excruciating types of lumbar disc pain you can experience. Sciatica pain may differ from one person to the next, but it is generally described as aching, burning or sharp pain that radiates from the lower back to the buttock, thigh, calf and foot on one side.

Lumbar disc pain treatment options

Fortunately, you do have options when it comes to treating lumbar disc pain. For many patients, doctors will first recommend conservative treatments such as pain medication, physical therapy and chiropractic care. If you’ve tried all of the conservative treatments your doctor has recommended for several weeks or months and you still have not found relief, consider contacting Laser Spine Institute to learn about our safer and effective alternatives to traditional open spine surgery.^

Our minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures can treat a wide range of spine conditions and have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain. For more information about our lumbar disc pain procedures and to learn what sets us apart as the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, reach out to us. Through a free MRI review,* we can determine if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive procedures so you can take the next step toward pain relief.