If you suffer from chronic back pain, like
many other Auburn back pain patients, chances
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 associated with lumbar spinal stenosis and its treatment
with spinal manipulation offered at Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C..
WHAT IS PARASPINAL MUSCLE FATTY INFILTRATE?
Paraspinal muscle fatty infiltrate is an
accumulation of fat within the muscle tissues located
near the spine. This condition is often caused by aging or genetics, although 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 cause 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 as gait relies on hip muscles
like the gluteus medius. A new report explained how
the extent to which the gluteus medius is atrophied (weakened)
impacted lumbar spinal stenosis symptomatology. (1) One of the most common spinal problems
impacting more than 500 million people over 65 years old,
lumbar spinal stenosis, is related to altered
gait as gait relies on strong muscle activity. (2)
Auburn chiropractic patients know Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. 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
Auburn back pain. Intervertebral disc degeneration and
fatty-infiltrated paraspinal muscles – multifidus, erector spinae, etc. – are related
and found to cause chronic low back pain and related
issues: the more fat, the more degeneration.
(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 linked to other
factors like a person with back pain who was male, older or has a higher BMI
older, male, or having a higher BMI]78]. (4) Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. offers relieving
chiropractic treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis and its back pain.
LUMBAR SPINAL STENOSIS & SPINAL MANIPULATION
There are various treatment options for spinal stenosis influenced by the
severity and the healthcare practitioner consulted from nutrition,
surgery, exercise, drugs, and/or
spinal manipulation and mobilization. One study described
that one session of spinal manipulation was
documented to significantly decrease spinal
stiffness and enhanced the multifidus muscle thickness ratio that
maintained for more than 7 days for spinal manipulation
responders. (5) Your Auburn chiropractor uses such care for back pain relief, particularly 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
CONTACT Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C.
Paraspinal muscle fatty infiltrate is a common condition
that can cause a range of issues involving 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 important to speak with
your Auburn chiropractor at Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. about your treatment
options so you can find relief as quickly as possible.
Schedule your appointment today!