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Can disc prolapse cause erectile dysfunction?

Can disc prolapse cause erectile dysfunction?

Summary background data: Disc herniation is often overlooked as a cause of erectile dysfunction, with few cases reported in the literature. Methods: Two patients with erectile dysfunction were treated with PLDD as outpatients.

What back problems cause erectile dysfunction?

Pinched Nerves: Inflammation in the lower spine (which is a common source of lower back pain) can compress the pudendal nerve that allows sensations to be felt in the lower genitalia. Erectile dysfunction is a common consequence of damage to the pudendal nerve.

What causes Forward slippage of the L4-L5 spine?

Frequently, the bone does not break, but becomes stressed and this condition is called a pars stress reaction. Degenerative spondylolisthesis. The angle of the L4-L5 facet joint changes with age, making this level susceptible to spondylolisthesis (forward slippage of L4 on L5) due to degenerative changes in individuals over 60 years of age. 2

When to consider surgery for the L4-L5 segment?

In the vast majority of cases, treatment for any problems that involve the L4-L5 segment will begin with non-operative solutions. Only if the pain is severe, causes disability, and is unresponsive to nonsurgical treatments will surgery be considered.

How does a change in disc height affect lumbar spine?

A change in disc height due to degeneration may affect the lordosis of the lumbar spine. 2 The disc may also herniate due to degeneration or injury. 4 Spondylolysis.

Where are the joints in the L4 and L5 vertebrae?

The two joints called facet joints (or zygapophyseal joints), which connect to the L4 and L5 vertebrae in the back of the spine, can allow abnormal amount of motion and/or develop osteoarthritis.

How old do you have to be to have a prolapsed disc?

Twice as many men as women are affected. A prolapsed disc is rare in anyone under 20 years of age. For information and advice on back pain in young people, see the separate leaflet called Back Pain in Children. What causes a slipped disc?

Can a prolapsed disc be treated without symptoms?

In particular, an MRI scan can show the site and size of a prolapsed disc. This information is needed if treatment with surgery is being considered. It should be noted that, as explained above, it is known that people can have a disc prolapse without any symptoms.

What are the risk factors for a prolapsed disc?

Factors that may increase the risk of developing a prolapsed disc include: 1 A job involving lots of lifting. 2 A job involving lots of sitting (especially driving). 3 Weight-bearing sports (weightlifting, etc). 4 Smoking. 5 Being overweight (obesity). 6 Increasing age (a disc is more likely to develop a weakness as we become older).

What kind of test is needed for prolapsed disc?

Tests such as X-rays or scans may be advised if symptoms persist. In particular, a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan can show the site and size of a prolapsed disc. This information is needed if treatment with surgery is being considered.