What pathologies are likely to occur in the fifth lumbar spine?
- What is the fifth lumbar vertebra?
- What causes Pain in the Fifth Lumbar Vertebra?
- Treatments offered at our clinic for conditions
in the fifth lumbar vertebra
What is the fifth lumbar vertebra?
The fifth lumbar vertebra is located at the bottom of the lower back. Also located below the fifth lumbar vertebra is the sacrum that is connected to the buttocks.
The intervertebral discs by the fourth and fifth lumbar vertebrae are the areas of the lumbar spine that receive the most strain, and this is also where disc herniation is most likely to occur. Inflammation of the fifth lumbar vertebra often causes symptoms in the legs, which can lead to pain in the calves, as well as pain and numbness in the thighs.
What causes Pain in the Fifth Lumbar Vertebra?
Disc herniation is the leading cause of this condition, and as herniation worsens, it can lead to a variety of conditions, including spinal stenosis.
It is also believed that some children who practice sports are more prone to lumbar spondylolysis because of the strain that is exercised on the fifth lumbar vertebra. In such cases, the pain symptoms on the lower back are often mild, and the patient is usually advised to wear a corset and to refrain from exercising for three months.
Another reason the fifth lumbar vertebra is prone to lumbar spondylolysis is because of the pronounced curvature of the spine (the arch of the back), which can be particularly taxing on the lower back. What is more, if the condition of a lumbar spondylolysis deteriorates, there is concern it may evolve into spondylolytic spondylolisthesis. Spondylolisthesis and spondylolysis can lead in turn to bone deformity, which will put even more stress on the body, worsening the symptoms, and which may eventually end in an inability to walk.
It is necessary to perform an MRI or x-ray scan to diagnose the conditions occurring in the fifth lumbar vertebra.
Treatments offered at our clinic for conditions in the fifth lumbar vertebra
We offer various treatments for intervertebral discs at our clinic.
The PLDD method, PODD method, Hybrid Laser treatment, PIDD method, and DST method are all treatments that we have available to treat a herniated disc.
During the DST procedure, a special agent is administered into intervertebral discs to that have been severely damaged and no longer functioning as intended to help them repair and regenerate.
Questions and Answers about the Fifth Lumbar Vertebra
Are symptoms of the fifth lumbar vertebra different from sciatica?
When the nucleus pulposus of the disc in the fifth lumbar vertebra compresses the nerves due to a herniated disc or any other condition, it may touch the sciatic nerve and cause symptoms in the leg.
The fifth lumbar vertebra is located in the lumbar spine, whereas sciatica is a symptom caused by the inflammation of the sciatic nerve.
Is there any method of diagnosis other than x-rays or MRIs?
Unfortunately, no. We recommend performing an MRI/X-ray jointly for optimum results.
What are some precautions to take if I have a herniated disc in the fifth lumbar vertebra?
First of all, if you have been diagnosed with a herniated disc, it is important to fully take the measure of the condition you are currently in, as well as of the severity of the symptoms.
Treatment and surgery may be considered for intense disc herniation and severe symptoms. If the symptoms are mild and the patient is able to exercise, training may be considered first. At our clinic, we start by reviewing MRIs and X-rays scans, and then we can work in conjunction with our low back pain rehabilitation facility, ILM (International Lumbago Medical Fitness), to incorporate the adequate exercise guidance and rehabilitation programs.
With the DST method, the surrounding intervertebral discs can be examined, but is it also possible to treat a mildly damaged disc with it?
Yes, it is certainly possible. For example, if the third lumbar vertebra and the fourth lumbar vertebra are diagnosed as having a herniated disc, the second and fifth lumbar vertebra above and below the concerned lumbar vertebrae will also undergo a contrast examination. As a result, the fifth lumbar vertebra may also be found to be damaged, and in some cases, further treatment will be recommended to prevent deformity and deeper damage.
Is there anything I can do to prevent injury to the fifth lumbar vertebra?
We recommend exercising and improving your posture to prevent injury. Being able to maintain the correct position in a sitting/standing posture for long stretches of time will greatly reduce the strain and fatigue on your lower back. In addition, moderate amounts of stretching and training can also help loosen muscle tightness and alleviate inflammation in the muscles.
5 Types of Outpatient Treatment for Low Back Pain
The DST Method (Discseel™)
An intervertebral disc treatment that began in the United States in the 2010s. Can be suitable for a wide range of conditions, including problems in patients after surgery. It is the only （※2）treatment that can repair and regenerate intervertebral discs.Click here for details.
※2 According to research by Operation Japan (Ltd.)
The PIDD Method (Implant)
An implant intervertebral disc treatment that has been conducted since the 2000s. As with PLDD, results without injury to intervertebral discs can be anticipated. This treatment is suitable for herniated discs only.Click here for details.
Hybrid Laser Treatment
A treatment that combines the benefits of PLDD and PODD. This treatment is suitable for herniated discs only.Click here for details.
The PODD Method (Ozone)
An ozone intervertebral disc treatment that has been conducted mainly in Europe since the 1990s. It can be suitable for a wide range of conditions.Click here for details.
The PLDD Method (Laser)
An outpatient, laser intervertebral disc treatment that has been well known worldwide since the 1980s. This treatment is suitable for herniated discs only.Click here for details.