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This section of the spine is located below the cervical and thoracic sections, and is made up of five vertebrae known as the L1, L2, L3, L4, and L5.
Injuries and subluxations to the lumbar spine can be severe but are not typically life-threatening.
Early treatment is important to the prognosis of lumber spine injuries because these five vertebrae contain precious nerves and spinal cord tissue that control communication between the brain and the legs.
Therefore, damage to the lumbar spine subsequently has the largest effects on the hips, groin, and lower abdominal muscles.
What Kind of Symptoms are Experienced After Experiencing Damage to the Lumbar Spine (L1-L5)?
Symptoms are often experienced as a result of any type of spinal injury, but damage to the lumbar section of the spine often results in lesser injury than that of the cervical spine.
Injuries to the lumbar spine can be severe, but they are usually not life-threatening.
However, early treatment is crucial to the prognosis of lumbar spine injuries and subluxations.
Below is a List of the Most Likely Symptoms Associated with the Injured Spinal Lumbar:
- Difficulty Breathing
- Minor Varicose Veins
- Bladder Troubles
- Menstrual Troubles such as painful or irregular periods
- Bed Wetting
- Change of Life Symptoms
- Knee Pains
- Sciatic Nerve Pain
- Difficult, Painful or Frequent Urination
- Poor Circulation in the Legs
- Swollen Ankles
- Weak Ankles and Arches
- Cold Feet
- Weakness in the Legs
- Leg Cramps
Patients that have suffered severe lumbar spinal cord damage may experience these more serious conditions,
- Requirement of a manual wheelchair for full or part-time use
- Walking Ability using Braces
- Lack of Bladder or Bowel Control
What are the Most Common Causes of Lumbar Spine Injuries?
Injuries at the lumbar level of the spine are usually caused by one of the following,
The Lumbar Spine and Potential Injury Symptoms
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