Located just below the L1, the L2 vertebra is the second vertebra in your lumbar, or lower back, region. It’s among the largest of the bones in your spinal column, which gets wider as it goes lower. Like the L1, its primary function is to support the weight of the body above it, which makes it susceptible to injuries related to compression.
An interesting fact about the L2 is that in most people, this bone protects the bottom of your spinal column, meaning that the rest of the bones in the vertebrae don’t have the role of keeping important nerve bundles from damage. At this point, a series of nerves called the cauda equina spread out into your body. These affect your front thighs, and they allow your hip to bend.
L2 Spinal Conditions
There are a number of spinal conditions that can result from compression or pinching at the L2 level. These include sciatica, degenerative disc disease, bulging or herniated discs, osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, and other conditions and ailments associated with the lower back region.
Most people who experience injuries to this region experience pain, tingling, numbness and muscle weakness in the lower back. These symptoms can also radiate through to the front of the thighs, and in the most serious cases can be crippling and disabling. They can interfere with your ability to function on a daily basis. They are also, unfortunately, common with age.
Chiropractors and the L2 Vertebra
Treating subluxations and misalignments in the L2 vertebra can be an important way to avoid injuries as you get older. Such injuries occur due to poor posture, a sedentary lifestyle, accident, and simple age. Regular visits to chiropractor can be an important part of protecting you against such issues.
If you’re in the Woodbridge, VA, area, ACT Wellness is the top chiropractic clinic in the region for over eight years. Give us a call for an evaluation of your needs today!