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Suggest remedies for herniated disc in L5

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Posted on Fri, 10 Jun 2016
Question: I have a herneated? disc in my l5 , does it go away by itself?
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Answered by Dr. Vivek Chail (40 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
It will not go away by itself and symptoms can be treated

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Thanks for writing in to us.

I have read through your query in detail.
Please find my observations below.

1. The lumbar spine has 5 small bones aligned on top of each other, these are numbered L1 through L5. There are small foramen between these bones. There are spongy discs between these bones, the discs are numbered L1-L2, L2-L3, L3-L4, L4-L5 and L5-S1. On the back side of the vertebral column there is a space containing the spinal cord. Nerves come out of the spinal cord and pass through the foramen at the level of the disc and supply different regions.

2. The discs get degenerated and herniated in to the spinal canal. This backward displacement of disc is called disc bulge and it presses on the nerve at the disc level. Therefore you have got the disc bulge at levels ?L5-S1 causing pressure on the nerual foramen at these levels. This presssure on nerves is causing pinching and symptoms like numbness and tingling. The nerve pinching in lumbar region causes symptoms in legs.

3. It will not go away by itself and symptoms can be treated. Treatment is with physiotherapy and medicines in mild disc problems and many people feel have a quick recovery phase.

Hope your query is answered.
Please do write back if you have any doubts.

Regards,
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Suggest remedies for herniated disc in L5

Brief Answer: It will not go away by itself and symptoms can be treated Detailed Answer: Hi, Thanks for writing in to us. I have read through your query in detail. Please find my observations below. 1. The lumbar spine has 5 small bones aligned on top of each other, these are numbered L1 through L5. There are small foramen between these bones. There are spongy discs between these bones, the discs are numbered L1-L2, L2-L3, L3-L4, L4-L5 and L5-S1. On the back side of the vertebral column there is a space containing the spinal cord. Nerves come out of the spinal cord and pass through the foramen at the level of the disc and supply different regions. 2. The discs get degenerated and herniated in to the spinal canal. This backward displacement of disc is called disc bulge and it presses on the nerve at the disc level. Therefore you have got the disc bulge at levels ?L5-S1 causing pressure on the nerual foramen at these levels. This presssure on nerves is causing pinching and symptoms like numbness and tingling. The nerve pinching in lumbar region causes symptoms in legs. 3. It will not go away by itself and symptoms can be treated. Treatment is with physiotherapy and medicines in mild disc problems and many people feel have a quick recovery phase. Hope your query is answered. Please do write back if you have any doubts. Regards,