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The Lumbar Spine
The Lumbar Spine is the part of your spine commonly
referred to as your "lower back".
consists of five large vertebrae, (L1 - L5). Although this is an
area of the spine that many people recognize when they think of
pain, the nerves that exit this portion of the spine have
responsibilities for vital body functions. This area of your spine
has the largest and strongest vertebrae and some of the largest
muscles supporting it.
The nerves that exit from these areas are large and
control some very large muscles. These muscles include the large
and small muscles of the lower back, the muscles of the thigh, legs,
calf muscles, and feet. The sciatic nerve has its origin from the
nerves that exit from the lumbar spine.
addition to the muscles, many joints in this area are also supplied
by nerves from the lumbar spine including the hips, knees, ankles
Many organs and tissues also get their nerve supply
from nerves that exit from the lumbar spine. These include the large
intestines, appendix, male or female reproductive organs, the
bladder, prostate gland, and others.
in these areas can have a vast affect including pain in the lower
back, legs, or sciatic pain. Numbness in the back and legs is also
possible. Muscle spasm or weakness can also result. Scoliosis and
joint problems are also possible.
If the organs supplied by these nerves are affected,
the possible results include, constipation, diarrhea, cramps,
varicose veins, bladder problems, menstrual problems, infertility
problems, bed wetting, urination problems, and poor circulation,