Ice, pain-relieving gel and bouncing on an therapy ball helps relieve the pain of an L5-S1 bulging disk, recommends Disabled World. The L5-S1 disk is located in the lower back between the last lumbar vertebrae and the first sacral vertebrae.Continue Reading
Ice reduces the inflammation when applied in 5-minute periods once every hour, states Disabled World. The pain-relieving gel further reduces inflammation and numbs the nerves. Once the pain is under control, sitting on a therapy ball, bouncing gently up and down increases blood circulation to the disk and speeds healing.
The disks of the spinal cord provide cushioning between the vertebrae. They consist of an annulus, which is the outer membrane, and a nucleus, which is the jelly-like substance on the inside. When the annulus tears, the jelly moves to where the disk is weakest and the disk bulges, explains Disabled World. Bulging disks, also called herniated disks, cause pain and inflammation by pressing on the nerves in the spinal cord. The nerves passing though the L5 and S1 vertebrae are responsible for the bowel, bladder and legs, so the herniated disk may also cause pain in the legs, loss of bowel or bladder control, or frequent trips to the bathroom.Learn more about Conditions & Diseases