If you suffer from chronic back pain, like
many other Fort Wayne back pain sufferers, chances
are you have heard of paraspinal muscle fatty infiltrate. This spinal
issue can cause a lot of discomfort and can even
result in gait disturbances. In this blog post, we'll 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 Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc.
WHAT IS PARASPINAL MUSCLE FATTY INFILTRATE?
Paraspinal muscle fatty infiltrate is an
accumulation of fat within the tissues of the muscles around the spine. This condition is often caused by aging or genetics, although it can
also be triggered by lifestyle factors such as poor nutrition or lack of exercise. It is
important to note that paraspinal fatty muscle infiltrate
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 since gait depends on hip muscles
like the gluteus medius. A recent report explained how
the extent to which the gluteus medius is atrophied (weakened)
influenced lumbar spinal stenosis symptomatology. (1) One of the most common spinal problems
affecting more than 500 million people over 65 years old,
lumbar spinal stenosis, is linked to distorted
gait as gait relies on strong muscle activity. (2)
Fort Wayne chiropractic patients know Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc checks for gait issues during our chiropractic exam.
PARASPINAL FATTY INFILTRATE AND LUMBAR SPINAL STENOSIS
Paraspinal muscle fatty infiltrate can be related to 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
Fort Wayne back pain. Intervertebral disc degeneration and
fatty-infiltrated paraspinal muscles – multifidus, erector spinae, etc. – are related
and known to contribute to chronic low back pain and related
issues: the fattier, the more degenerated.
(3) Other researchers agreed 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) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc offers alleviating
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 who was seen from nutrition,
surgery, exercise, drugs, and/or
spinal manipulation and mobilization. One study described
that one session of spinal manipulation significantly decreased spinal
stiffness and enhanced the multifidus muscle thickness ratio that
maintained for more than 7 days in spinal manipulation
responders. (5) Your Fort Wayne 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 details how The
Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management addresses back pain and
CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc
Paraspinal muscle fatty infiltrate is a common condition
that can trigger 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 are experiencing any
symptoms associated with paraspinal muscle fatty infiltrate or
lumbar spinal stenosis, it's time to visit with
your Fort Wayne chiropractor at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc about your treatment
options so you can find relief as quickly as possible.
Make your appointment today!