West Des Moines Back Muscles Affected By Back Pain

The spine is maintained by many muscles. Back pain and degenerative spine disorders affect those muscles. Chiropractors like yours at Executive Chiropractic of Iowa address both the degenerative spinal pain condition and the related degenerated spine muscles. West Des Moines chiropractic back pain treatment plans incorporate pain-relieving approaches for both the spine and its musculature.

BACK PAIN AND MUSCLES’ RESPONSES

Back pain impacts back muscles. Different West Des Moines back pain conditions impact different West Des Moines back muscles, too. Paraspinal muscles present varied responses to spinal degenerative conditions. Alterations in the lumbar spine paraspinal muscles of low back pain patients have been described. Wasting of the multifidus muscles in patients with back pain, lumbar radiculopathy, and lumbar degenerative kyphosis are specifically noted. Intensified fat infiltration of the multifidus muscle is also seen 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 referred to as the stabilizers of spinal sagittal balance. Multifidus muscle degeneration was more significant in the patients with degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis. Erector spinae degeneration was more significant in the degenerative lumbar kyphosis patients as well as more closely linked to the severity of spinal kyphosis curvature. (2) Continuous chronic low back pain sufferers as compared to non-continuous and recurrent low back pain sufferers were found to have greater EMG activity in erector spinae and multifidus muscles in extension. (3) Your West Des Moines chiropractor at Executive Chiropractic of Iowa pays close attention to these differences.

BACK PAIN AND BACK MUSCLES: STABILITY

Executive Chiropractic of Iowa also notes back pain and muscle response on spinal stability. Researchers stated 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 documented 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 included. (5) Your West Des Moines chiropractor will keep these in mind when treating your spine as well as in setting 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 discusses her implementation of spinal manipulation, namely the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management, for a 77-year-old patient to decrease pain and improve muscle function and strength.

Schedule your West Des Moines chiropractic appointment today. Our back pain sufferers can depend on our treatment plan to address the spine, its pain, and its affected muscles.
 
Executive Chiropractic of Iowa treats not only back pain related to degenerative spine conditions but also the related degenerative back muscles. 
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