In the human spine, there are five (5) lumbar vertebrae located in the lower back portion of the spine. The nerves in the lumbar area send signals to the low back, buttocks, and legs. In a severe accident or trauma case, a "complete" lumbar disc injury will result in paraplegia, the inability to move or have sensation in one's legs. An "incomplete" lumbar disc injury can result in loss of sensation and movement or weakness and loss of agility so in some cases even those with an incomplete injury will find it helpful or necessary to use a walker or a wheelchair. Other typical problems faced by persons with lumbar disc injuries due to an injury or accident include: Impotence / sexual difficulties; Incontinence and/or bowel problems; Pressures sores, and Blood clots.
Rehabilitation With a Lumbar Spine Injury - Why is it important?
Medically speaking, there is a great deal that can be done for persons who have suffered paraplegia from injuries in the lumbar region. While treatment cannot reverse paralysis, physical therapy and occupational therapy can restore mobility and independence to a great degree. Most people can return to work or school and adaptive equipment can be purchased — wheelchairs and adapted cars/vans. Changes can be made in the home to allow wheelchair accessibility.