What Symptoms Are Associated With L5-S1 Disc Degeneration?

The symptoms associated with L5-S1 disc degeneration are a sharp burning pain in the lower back possibly radiating down the outside of the leg, tingling or numbness in the associated area, pain along the side of the foot, and a diminished or absent ankle-jerk reflex, according to American Family Physician. Advanced symptoms include muscle weakness and poor muscle function in the affected leg.