L4-L5 Slip-Disc Treatment
L4-L5 Slip-Disc Cause and Treatment Options
The L4-L5 spinal segment is a common cause of low back pain in many back pain patients. 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, we 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 l4-L5 along with the L5-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 the L4-L5 Spinal Disc Gets Damaged?
Intervertebral discs are made up of two important 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, depending on the severity of the disc damage. An L4-L5 slipped disc usually causes impingement on the L4 nerves. In severe cases, a slipped disc at this level may even impinge on the traversing L5 and even the S1 nerves.
Symptoms of an L4-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, 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 have an inability to 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 within the nerves that control leg and foot movements. The damage is directly linked to the degree and 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.
The Best Non-Surgical Treatment for an L4-L5 Slip-Disc
We have been treating many severe lower back cases, such as slipped disc, at L4/L5, and 90% of them have 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 specialized methods and technology specific for slipped disc. If you have been diagnosed with 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 L4/L5 slipped disc treatment in Malaysia.