If you experience chronic back pain, like many other Augusta back pain sufferers, odds are you’ve heard of paraspinal muscle fatty infiltrate. This spinal condition can cause a lot of discomfort and can even result in gait disturbances. In this blog post, we will take a closer look at paraspinal muscle fatty infiltrate and how it is related to lumbar spinal stenosis and its treatment with spinal manipulation offered at Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic.
WHAT IS PARASPINAL MUSCLE FATTY INFILTRATE?
Paraspinal muscle fatty infiltrate is an accumulation of fat within the muscle tissues located near the spine. Genetics or aging are often culprits of this condition, but it can also be activated by lifestyle factors such as eating poorly or not exercising. It is important to note that this condition does not always produce symptoms, but if it does, they can include low back pain, stiffness in the lower back and legs, or difficulty walking due to gait disturbances since gait depends on hip muscles like the gluteus medius. A new report described how the extent to which the gluteus medius is atrophied (weakened) influenced lumbar spinal stenosis symptomatology. (1) A leading spinal condition impacting more than 500 million people over 65 years old, lumbar spinal stenosis, is related to distorted gait as gait depends on robust muscle activity. (2) Augusta chiropractic patients know Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic checks for gait issues during our chiropractic exam.
PARASPINAL FATTY INFILTRATE AND LUMBAR SPINAL STENOSIS
Paraspinal muscle fatty infiltrate can be associated with lumbar spinal stenosis—a narrowing of the spinal canal that exerts pressure on nerve roots and causes pain and other symptoms in the lower back and legs – and resulting Augusta back pain. Intervertebral disc degeneration and fatty-infiltrated paraspinal muscles – multifidus, erector spinae, etc. – are related and found to contribute to chronic low back pain and related issues: the fattier, the more degenerated. (3) Other researchers concured that fat infiltration of the paraspinal muscles like the multifidus muscle may be associated with lower back pain when it was not associated with other factors like a person with back pain being older, male, or having a higher BMI. (4) Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic offers alleviating chiropractic treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis and its back pain.
LUMBAR SPINAL STENOSIS & SPINAL MANIPULATION
Treatment options for lumbar spinal stenosis vary depending on severity and the healthcare practitioner who was seen from drugs and surgery to exercise, nutrition, and/or spinal manipulation and mobilization. A study reported that one treatment of spinal manipulation was documented to significantly reduce spinal stiffness and increased the multifidus muscle thickness ratio which lasted for more than 7 days for spinal manipulation responders. (5) Your Augusta chiropractor uses the latter for back pain relief, especially the well-researched chiropractic Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management. Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes how The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management addresses back pain and affiliated muscles.
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Paraspinal muscle fatty infiltrate is a common condition that can cause a range of issues including low back pain, stiffness in the lower body, and gait disturbances. It is sometimes associated with lumbar spinal stenosis. If you have any symptoms related to paraspinal muscle fatty infiltrate or lumbar spinal stenosis, it's time to speak with your Augusta chiropractor at Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic about your treatment options so you can find relief as quickly as possible. Make your appointment today!