DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF LOW BACKACHE: PROBLEMS OF HIGHER LUMBAR JOINTS
DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF LOW BACKACHE: PROBLEMS OF HIGHER LUMBAR JOINTSIf the nerves that are scratched, irritated or compressed go along the lower part of the body, then you can get pain in different directions. The higher nerves will go to the groin area, while the lower they emerge the more they go to the side. (Take an animal on all fours. The nerves of the big toe and front of the leg come from higher segments, while those in the small toe and back of the leg come from lower segments.) If you get a pain in the big toe or the groin or inner thigh then the chances are the fault is higher up. The lower down you go the more lateral it is. That is the general rule. If it is the outer toes, the little toes, then it is lower down. So if it is on the outer side it is lower down, inner side it is higher up. If everybody knew this, patients would not panic, but it is something that doctors don’t tell you. So if you get pain in the groin and inner thigh then it comes from lumbar 1 (top lumbar) or lumbar 2. If it is much lower or to the side then it could be from L4 or L5. The nerve from L1 and L2, besides going to the groin also goes to the thigh area, so if you get a burning sensation when you touch the thigh area, if your slacks irritate the skin, which is too sensitive, then you know there is a problem with L1 and L2. Now those two areas rarely go out of alignment. Because the higher [you are - 'it is'?] the less the chances of it being displaced. This is because maximum compression takes place between L3/L4 and L5/S1. These are very close to the powerful sacrum bone, and that’s where maximum weight is. So if it is higher than L4, then consider this: (1) have you drunk enough water? The kidneys are embedded in the lumbar muscles. If they are dehydrated they weaken the muscles in that area, resulting in all sorts of pain, which can actually press on the nerve or push a vertebra to irritate a nerve root. (2) If this is not the problem, then ask someone to massage you in that area and there could be instant relief from the sensitivity and the pain in the groin.*202\330\8*
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