L4-L5 Surgery is not as Effective as Our Conservative Therapy Options. Visit us for the Most Comprehensive Nonsurgical Treatments before Opting for Spine Surgery or Spine Injections.
The L4-L5 spinal segment is a common cause of acute and chronic lower back pain. A slipped disc at the L4-L5 segment can impinge nerves that run down the legs, causing sciatic-like symptoms. In fact, the L4-L5 slip-disc is only second to the L5-S1 slip-disc disorder of the spine. The L4-L5 spinal disc is at the belt line. Before we get started as to the type of care given, our Chiro would like to provide you with a brief description of the lumbar spine, so that you may have a better understanding of your condition.
The lumbar spine also referred to as the lower back, is a complex structure. There are a total of 5 vertebral bones in the lumbar spine. Each attached to an intervertebral: working closely with surrounding muscles, joints, and nerves to provide a dynamic range of movements and weight bearing. The L4-L5 spinal disc is the second lowest disc space. The lower lumbosacral spine (L4 to S1), accounts up to 95% of bending at the waist and as such, they are the two most commonly injured spinal segments. Hence, it has a higher chance to undergo degenerative changes, and eventual disc herniation (slip-disc or slipped disc).
How A Spinal Disc Gets Damaged?
Intervertebral discs are made up of two essential parts, the annulus fibrosis on the outer rim and the nucleus pulposus in the inner portion. However, repetitive trauma, constant axial loading of the spine, injury or weakness of the lower back muscles can cause the inner portion (nucleus pulposus) to protrude through the outer ring. This can result in different types of slipped disc, such as disc bulge, disc herniation, prolapsed disc, or sequestrated disc, extruded discs, and fragmented disc.
A slipped disc can causes impingement on the exiting nerve root or nerve roots. In severe cases, an L4 disc herniation can impinge multiple traversing nerve roots: L5 and even the S1 nerve root. In other words, one slip-disc can pinch numerous nerve roots and even spinal cord. Nerve root impingement and compression of the spinal cord are the main reasons why so many opt for L4-L5 surgery. However, before we provide information on an l4-l5 surgery or other forms of spine surgery or lumbar fusion, we like to go over some of the common symptoms associated with an L4-L5 nerve root impingement.
Symptoms of an L4 and L5 Slip-Disc
Most patients may experience lower back pain that radiates to one side of the lower limb, or sometimes even both sides. Tingling, numbness (pins and needles), and an aching or burning sensation in the leg and on top of the foot are also common. In severe cases, an L4-L5 slipped disc leads to weakness in the legs or feet. Some may even have an inability to walk, leading to an inability to stand. Those who cannot walk or stand may have a condition referred to as “foot drop.”
In patients with foot drop, they frequently present with a high steppage gait where they raise the thigh up in an exaggerated manner while walking as if they are climbing the stairs. They also have an uncontrolled slapping of the foot and toes against the ground. A drop foot is a serious condition resulting in damage or degenerative changes in the nerves that control leg and foot movements. The degree of damage is relative to the severity of a slipped disc. Therefore; those with a slipped disc should do their utmost best to obtain the needed non-surgical care as soon as possible. While surgeons recommend surgery for foot drop, we recommend our conservative treatment through our collaborative chiropractic and physical therapy (physiotherapy).
What are The Treatment Options for the L4-L5 or L5-S1?
Of course, the best option is a non-surgical route. Acute lower back pain or chronic lower back pain treatment is always better with nonsurgical treatments as provided by our comprehensive methods. The best of the targeted, comprehensive measures for lumbar discs of acute or chronic nature is through integrative methods of chiropractic, physical therapy, and physiotherapy. Chiropractic treatment of the L4-L5 or L5-S1 consists of realigning of malpositioning spinal segments, stabilizing joints and depressurizations of spinal discs. The best and most effective treatment for L4-L5 slipped disc is through a non-rotatory method of chiropractic.
Rotatory chiropractic adjustments such as Gonstead or Diversified can further damage a slipped disc. As such, our chiropractors provide treatments through an Activator. the Activator is the best and most targeted means of chiropractic treatment for acute lower back pain or chronic lower back pain.
Physical therapy involves manual procedures provided by physical therapists or physiotherapists. Manual procedures such as joint mobilizations, soft tissue mobilizations, and strengthening programs are all classified and an integral part of physical therapy. Physiotherapy is the process of providing treatments through therapeutic devices specific to the spine. In our centers, our patients receive both physical therapy and physiotherapy. In addition to the physiotherapy and physical therapy treatments, we provide targeted chiropractic. But, the most distinguishing aspect of care you get from us for an L4-L5 or L5-S1 slipped disc is treatments via breakthrough technology.
Our combined collective and collaborative nonsurgical treatments incorporate the best principals of lumbar disc treatments as provided through chiropractic, physical therapy (physiotherapy) and breakthrough devices (the RxDecom®) through the NSD Therapy® protocols. To summarize, NSD Therapy® is the gold standard in conservative treatments for acute or chronic lower back pain.
Can Pressure on The Nerves from a Slipped Disc Be Relived Through Nonsurgical Treatments?
Lumbar discs often place varying degrees of pressure on the nerves when they bulge, herniate or protrude. In other words, a slipped disc or slip-disc can impinge or put significant amounts of pressure on the nerves that exits the spine. Spine surgeons often attempt at either destroying the nerve through a Radiofrequency Ablation (RF Neurotomy) or other forms of spine surgery to alleviate the pressure on the nerves. However, surgical interventions have not proven well in the long-term. Sufferers who sought surgical interventions often return for additional surgeries. Don’t fall in the inanity’s trap. Insanity is doing the same thing over and expecting different results. In other words, opt for nonsurgical treatments instead of destroying the pain-sensing nerves, cutting away the disc or bones.
Pressure on the nerves from a herniated, bulging or extruded lumbar discs is best treated without surgery. In our center, our primary goal is to take away pressure on the nerves by correcting issues that led to nerve impingements or nerve pressure (pinched nerves). Our non-surgical treatments are not patches that spine surgeons offer. They are provided to fix the damaged joints, muscles, ligaments and lumbar discs through our nonsurgical treatments.
So, the answer is a definite YES, OUR NONSURGICAL TREATMENTS FOR LUMBAR DISCS, JOINTS, MUSCLES, AND LIGAMENTS CAN TAKE THE PRESSURE OF THE NERVES.
So, before opting for the recommended surgical intervention, call us. We can help.
Should you Opt for Spine Surgery: Lumbar Fusion or the Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?
Spine surgery is just that: SURGERY! So, when they use terms such as the “minimally invasive spine surgery,” they do so the decrease your surgical fears by making it sound minimalistic. In other words, it is a play-on-words. Ye, it is not as intense as fusion surgery (lumbar fusion), bone graft, discectomy, foraminotomy or laminectomy but, it is invasive. Even the most minimally invasive spine surgery carries risks and as such, better avoided, especially when effective conservative measures are available right here in town. It is just that simple!
To be quite honest, we are even opposed to spinal injections such as steroidal injections. Steroidal injections or any other type of injection into the spine have complications. Besides, under best scenarios, spinal injection only provides limited improvement at best. But, when it comes to spine surgery, the failure rate and risks of complications are even higher. Steroidal injections, facet joint injections, and spine surgery are invasive means that offer short-term gains. Our advice is to opt for nonsurgical treatments from our clinical experts.
Spine surgery, like the steroidal injections, is temporary solutions, often requiring additional surgical interventions. So, they are not the fix some would have you believe. If you have a lumbar spine condition for which the surgeons recommend surgery, call our center. Visit our clinical research-based teams for effective chiropractic and physiotherapy (physical therapy) options enhanced with spine specific technology. We have helped thousands of patients that the surgeons recommended lumbar surgical intervention. We are confident that our non-surgical treatments will provide you better options when compared to an L4-L5 surgery.
The Best Non-Surgical Treatments for Cervical, Lumbar and Lumbosacral Spine conditions
If you are seeking the best conservative treatment options for spine conditions visit our center and receive targeted nonsurgical treatments today. Our clinical teams have the most comprehensive treatment programs for mechanical spine conditions including slipped disc, facet joints, and spinal nerve damage. Best of all the care you get from us will help you avoid the necessary spine surgery or spinal injections. Spine surgeons dedicate their time and energy on invasive procedures, while we concentrate on non-surgical options. So, if you are looking for non-surgical fixes or repairs, we are the better options. Your surgeon is an expert in spine surgery, and may not be familiar with the latest trends in non-surgical intervention. That could be the reason why they are so adamant about having you go through spine surgery.
As far as we are concerned, the L4-L5 surgery is an option best avoided. We have been treating many severe lower back cases, such as a slipped disc with higher than 90% success rate. In short, almost every patient we have treated has improved. If you or any of your friends are experiencing similar symptoms, please do not hesitate to give us a call today! Centers have provided non-invasive treatment for the L4-L5 slipped disc through the efforts of the best research-based chiropractors in Malaysia, advanced clinical physiotherapists, and specific methods and technology specific for a slipped disc. If you have an L4-L5 slipped disc, we are your best bet for a speedy recovery. Our methods and technology have helped thousands. Visit one of our centers for the best and most effective alternatives for an L4-L5 surgery through comprehensive nonsurgical treatments.