Lumbar disc pain

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 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.

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 backwards. Whether you realize it or not, you depend on the soft, supple 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 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, and a disc also exists 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, 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 probably the most excruciating type 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.

Treatment options

Fortunately, you do have options when it comes to treating lumbar disc pain. For many patients, physicians will first recommend conservative, noninvasive treatments such as medication, physical therapy, and additional rest, as well as other options.

If you’ve tried all of the conservative treatments your physician has recommended and still have not found relief, consider contacting Laser Spine Institute to learn about our minimally invasive spine surgery. Our minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures can treat a wide range of spine conditions and have helped more than 60,000 patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain.

For more information about Laser Spine Institute and our outpatient procedures for lumbar disc pain, contact us today. You can receive a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a possible candidate for our minimally invasive procedures so you can take the next step toward pain relief.