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The lumbar region of the spine, more commonly referred to as the “lower back,” is often the source of many health problems we see. This area of the spine serves as the distribution center for your brain’s control and regulation of many important organs and tissues. And while the nervous system is very complex and every organ or tissue has multiple nerve supplies, here’s a new way of thinking about many common health complaints.

If a patient suffers from constipation or diarrhea, we’ll be especially vigilant in our examination of the area of L1, since this is the source of many nerve communications that control the large intestines.

Do you suffer from varicose veins, cramps or poor bladder control? The nerves that exit the spine in the vicinity of L2 control the appendix, abdomen, bladder and upper leg.

Irregular/painful periods, impotency, miscarriages, knee pain? L3 nerves control the bladder, sexual organs, uterus and knees.

How about sciatica, painful/frequent urination or backaches? L4 could be involved since the nerves there control the prostate gland and lower back muscles.

And if you experience leg cramps, cold feet, or swollen/weak ankles or legs, some of the nerves exiting at L5 could be the culprits. L5 controls the lower legs, ankles and feet.

So it’s clear that the lumbar spine and its associated nerves effect numerous parts of the body. Many of the sensations you feel in your feet, legs, pelvis, lower abdomen and lower back travel through the nerves of the lumbar spine to higher regions of the spine on their way to your brain.

If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned here, or know someone who is, please urge them to visit our office for a thorough examination.

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