L5-S1 Disc Problem

Every second patient of slip disc comes with a complaint- L5-S1 slip disc. L5-S1 disc problem is the most common complaint of patients, who visit us for treatment. What does make L5-S1 slip disc problem so common? Why does disc bulge or herniated disc in L5-S1 bothers so much with pain, numbness and tingling? Besides these two questions here we will share that what do we do for Ayurvedic treatment of L5-S1 slip disc without surgery at Sukhayu Ayurved, Jaipur!

L5-S1. This is the junction of the two parts of the spine- lumbar and sacral. Sacrum as we all know makes sacroiliac joint along with iliac bone thus sacrum gets support from the iliac. This is the lumbar bone, which is more active and keeps on moving. So in nutshell the L5-S1 disc is located on a junction. Where S1 of the sacrum is fixed and L5 moves to and fro almost in all directions. This mobility of the L5 over S1 and disc which is located in the lowest part of the body; makes it more vulnerable. The disc in L5-S1 is like a piece of rubber trapped between two hard surfaces. Therefore, slip disc is the most common condition in L5-S1.

What is L5-S1 Slip Disc

Discs are fibrous structures with jelly inside. This jelly gives suspension, flexibility and elasticity to the disc. For L5-S1 this kind of support is very much required because of its location. When this jelly disintegrates, it can cause many conditions.  Slip disc is a common word is used for these all conditions. For Ayurvedic treatment of L5-S1 slip disc without surgery it is important to understand the basic difference between all these conditions..

Desiccated L5-S1 disc

Primary stage of the slip disc problem with in the L5-S1 disc. This is the stage, where water content of the normal disc starts decaying and dehydration starts in the tissue of the disc. Desiccated discs appear dark in a MRI. But mostly a desiccated disc doesn’t press the nerve.

Degenerative L5-S1 disc

When this desiccation proceeds further this is the condition is – degenerative disc disease. Now pressure on the annular fibres is increased through the jelly inside. Because jelly is decaying regularly, if this condition is not treated well at this stage- it leads to the next condition.

Bulged L5-S1 disc

When jelly dislocates from its place and starts going towards the periphery this is the condition of bulge in disc. The bulge appears in different patterns. If it is lateral only- it means the bulge is on a side. When it is central – it is inside the canal and paracentral means central as well as lateral. The kind of bulge is there in a disc- that defines the planning for the Ayurvedic treatment of L5-S1 slip disc without surgery.

Herniated L5-S1 disc

A herniated disc is- where jelly comes out after breaking the annular fibres of the disc. In this condition, jelly comes out and starts pressing the nerves more severely. In comparison to the bulge disc or degenerative disc Ayurvedic treatment of L5-S1 slip disc without surgery is a bit complicated.

Canal Stenosis at L5-S1 level

When herniation or bulge is in central part of the disc, it starts occupying the neural canal. This is the severe most condition among all types of slip disc issues.

Causes behind L5-S1 Slip Disc

As discussed, L5-S1 is the base of the spine and it moves more than any other part of the spine. When it comes to the causes, many times we think that injury is the only cause behind slip disc. It is not important at all. And when it comes to the injury or jerk it might be as low as a heavy sneeze. But if we streamline the causes behind slip disc in a proper way we find-

  1. The poor posture while sitting, standing or even lying down in bed.
  2. Improper Dietary habits can cause slip disc
  3. Ageing
  4. Excessively sitting or standing postures
  5. Obesity
  6. Stiffness in the muscles
  7. Extreme weather conditions
  8. In last comes injury

As per the cause of the problem, treatment for slip disc in L5-S1 should be done. But we go opposite. When it comes to the treatment the first concern is always pain or whatever discomfort body faces. And root cause of the problem is left untreated. When it comes to Ayurvedic treatment of L5-S1 slip disc without surgery we do work on the root cause of the problem. That is why diet, posture and everything is important for us.

Problems Caused by L5-S1 Slip Disc

The L5 is the biggest nerve share in the sciatic nerve. When it is about sciatica due to slip disc it means things are not good in L5-S1 disc. You name the types of discomfort and everything can occur within sciatic nerve. This might be normal tingling sensation in the lower limb only because of the L5-S1 slip disc. Or it might be severe pain in the lower limb which brings disability.

Drop foot or similar condition to drop foot because of L5-S1 can also appear in some cases of slip disc in this level. Pain in good in all conditions, numbness is dangerous. When we have pain due to slip disc at any level; body just wants to convey that something is not good somewhere. But in most of the cases we keep on ignoring the problem and problem complicates further.

This is the biggest hurdle for us that when patient comes for Ayurvedic treatment of L5-S1 slip disc without surgery he had tried everything. After trying forceful manipulation of the spine, impractical chiropractic manipulations and everything like sitting in squat posture for hours even. When they come to a place like Sukhayu; most of the patient complicates the condition much and when it comes to expectations from Ayurvedic treatment of L5-S1 slip disc without surgery- they think that we can ensure complete recovery in 21 days. How possible? Treatment is a process. We need to complete the process to get proper results.

Ayurvedic treatment of L5-S1 slip disc without surgery

We know that surgery is not the solution for L5-S1 Slip disc. We work according to the cause. When it is alone about posture it becomes easy to treat the condition, but when it comes to injury or some other causes behind slip disc we need to think a lot to rectify the condition.

If we look from Ayurvedic prospective, L5-S1 is the real part where treatment of Apana vayu is important. When we are doing the treatment of herniated disc in L5-S1 we work more extensively on the large intestine. Therefore in many patients we do start the treatment with Virechana and Basti. Basti we choose according to the aggravated Doshas- which we find out after pulse and prakruti analysis.

Kati basti works on such conditions but that is really a temporary impact. Because we can only relax a group of muscles but when it comes to basti- impact is wider as well as deeper. Apart from this, we keep on working on the different aspects of the body.

If you are looking for Ayurvedic treatment of L5-S1 slip disc without surgery than share your MRI with us and we will study your case properly and will let you to know that what are the best possibilities about the treatment with us. We take only the case which we can do. We understand our limitations and we regard that too.