Undoubtedly, our Augusta chronic back pain sufferers have read about associated paraspinal (multifidus, psoas, quadratus lumborum, erector spinae) muscle fatty infiltrate. They are all linked together: fatty muscle infiltration, disc degeneration, spinal stenosis, facet joint degeneration, back pain. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic addresses all of them, too, to lessen back pain, strengthen the spine, and enhance your quality of life.
WHAT IS PARASPINAL MUSCLE FATTY INFILTRATE?
Paraspinal muscle fatty infiltrate is an accumulation of fat within the tissue of the muscles found near the spine, the paraspinal muscles. This condition may be caused by aging or genetics although it can also be prompted by lifestyle issues such as poor nutrition or little to no exercise. This condition does not always cause symptoms, but if it does, they can include low back pain and associated stiffness in the lower back and legs or troubled walking due to gait disturbances. Intervertebral disc degeneration is a well-recognized culprit of chronic back pain, disc inflammation, and even spinal stability. Strong, well-functioning paraspinal muscles assist spinal stability. With back pain comes fatty infiltration of the paraspinal muscles that interfere with stability. (1) Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic tests for these issues thoroughly during the chiropractic exam with an understanding of this the potential connection.
THE BACK PAIN AND WEAK PARASPINAL MUSCLE CONNECTION
A recent study concluded that disc degeneration and paraspinal muscle weakness were strongly associated, facet joint degeneration and paraspinal muscle weakness were weakly associated, and facet joint degeneration and disc degeneration were strongly associated. It noted that the extent of paraspinal muscle weakness rose with amount of lumbar disc degeneration and facet joint degeneration while fatty infiltration of the multifidus paraspinal muscle was vulnerable to weight. (2) Further, the published literature on the degree to which low back pain and fatty infiltration of multifidus and other paraspinal muscles (erector spinae, psoas, quadratus lumborum) influenced each other was somewhat contradictory – which comes first (pain or fatty infiltrate), can fatty infiltrate be reversed, is one predictive of the other (back pain that there is fatty infiltrate or fatty infiltrate that indicates future back pain)? (3) Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic keeps abreast of published research and encourages our back pain patients to improve the muscles that they can so that they can support the spine in healing and preventing future bouts of pain as best as possible.
CHIROPRACTIC CARE OF BACK PAIN AND MUSCLE WEAKNESS
Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic realizes that low back pain patients don’t just experience pain; they also get to endure muscle quality loss due to more fatty infiltration of the paraspinal muscles. The extent of muscle loss is highly correlated with the severity of the back pain and related dysfunction. (4) That’s the reason that rehabilitation is so important alongside treatment of back pain for pain relief and prevention. Implementing The Cox Technic System of Spinal Pain Management as well as other chiropractic services, nutrition and exercise, Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic is here to help! While researchers are still studying whether fatty infiltration is reversible, Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic finds the effort to tone and strengthen a worthwhile effort.
Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Kurt Olding on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes the multitude of options available to back pain sufferers regarding healthcare providers and emphasizes the benefit of being under the care of a chiropractor trained in the protocols of The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
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