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Augusta Back Muscles Affected By Back Pain

February 22, 2022

The spine is supported by several muscles. Back pain and degenerative spine disorders impact those muscles. Chiropractors like yours at Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic address both the degenerative spinal pain condition and the related degenerated spine muscles. Augusta chiropractic back pain treatment plans integrate pain-relieving methods for both the spine and its musculature.


Back pain affects back muscles. Different Augusta back pain conditions impact different Augusta back muscles, too. Paraspinal muscles present different responses to spinal degenerative conditions. Alterations in the lumbar spine paraspinal muscles of low back pain patients have been explained. Wasting of the multifidus muscles in patients with back pain, lumbar radiculopathy, and lumbar degenerative kyphosis are particularly noted. Intensified fat infiltration of the multifidus muscle is also present in patients with lumbar radiculopathy and lumbar degenerative kyphosis. (1) In a study of 78 patients with either degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis or degenerative lumbar kyphosis, researchers described these degenerative muscle patterns. The multifidus muscle is explained as the stabilizer of the lumbar spine segments while the erector spinae muscles are usually seen as the stabilizers of spinal sagittal balance. Multifidus muscle degeneration was more significant in the degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis patients. Erector spinae degeneration was more significant in the degenerative lumbar kyphosis patients as well as more closely connected to the severity of spinal kyphosis curvature. (2) Continuous chronic low back pain sufferers as contrasted with non-continuous and recurrent low back pain sufferers were found to have higher EMG activity in erector spinae and multifidus muscles in extension. (3) Your Augusta chiropractor at Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic takes great care in addressing these variations.


Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic also notes back pain and muscle response on spinal stability. Researchers explained that chronic low back pain impairs spinal stability of its sufferers. In examining the activation patterns of the latissimus dorsi, gluteus maximus, and upward scapular rotation muscles of chronic LBP patients, researchers discovered a significant increase in upward scapular rotation in all shoulder abduction positions on both sides. The left side was more affected than the right. Further, they found greater latissimus dorsi muscle activities and reduced gluteus maximus activities in chronic low back pain. (4) Spinal manipulation is described as stimulating transient physiological responses of which paraspinal muscle activity and muscle spindle responses are added. (5) Your Augusta chiropractor will carefully note these responses when treating your spine as well as in designing exercises to address weaknesses. 

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Paulette Hugulet on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson. She describes her use of spinal manipulation, namely the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management, for a 77-year-old patient to decrease pain and better her muscle function and strength.

Set up your Augusta chiropractic appointment now. Our back pain sufferers can rely on our treatment plan to address the spine, its pain, and its impacted muscles.
Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic treats not only back pain related to degenerative spine conditions but also the related degenerative back muscles.