When the nerves in the lumbar spine, specifically the L4 and L5 vertebra, become damaged, it can cause a range of symptoms. These can range from a mild tingling sensation to disabling pain and weakness. It is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of L4 and L5 nerve damage, so that appropriate treatment can be sought.
The primary symptom of L4 and L5 nerve damage is pain and/or numbness in the lower extremities. The sensation can be experienced in the front of the thigh, the back of the calf, and the top of the foot. In some cases, the pain can be severe and radiate down the leg. The affected area may also be sensitive to the touch.
In addition to pain and numbness, other symptoms of L4 and L5 nerve damage include:
• Weakness and/or paralysis in the legs.
• Loss of bladder or bowel control.
• Muscle spasms or cramps in the legs.
• Difficulty walking or standing.
• Difficulty controlling the movements of the feet.
• Sexual dysfunction.
• Burning or tingling sensation in the affected areas.
If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. L4 and L5 nerve damage can lead to more serious complications if left untreated. Your doctor can diagnose the condition and recommend a treatment plan that is right for you. Treatment options may include physical therapy, medications, and in some cases, surgery.