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Fort Wayne Chiropractic Treatment of Back Pain and Related Fatty Infiltration of Paraspinal Muscles

April 18, 2023

No doubt, our Fort Wayne chronic back pain sufferers have heard about related paraspinal (multifidus, psoas, quadratus lumborum, erector spinae) muscle fatty infiltrate. They’re all linked together: fatty muscle infiltration, disc degeneration, spinal stenosis, facet joint degeneration, back pain. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc addresses all of them, too, to reduce back pain, improve the spine, and enhance your quality of life.


Paraspinal muscle fatty infiltrate is an accumulation of fat within the tissue of the muscles located near the spine, the paraspinal muscles. This condition may be triggered by aging or genetics although it can also be prompted by lifestyle factors such as poor nutrition or little to no exercise. This condition doesn’t always cause symptoms, but if it does, they can involve low back pain and associated stiffness in the lower back and legs or difficulty walking due to gait disturbances. Intervertebral disc degeneration is a well-recognized culprit of chronic back pain, disc inflammation, and even spinal stability. Strong, well-functioning paraspinal muscles assist spinal stability. With back pain comes fatty infiltration of the paraspinal muscles that interfere with that. (1) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc tests for these issues carefully during the chiropractic examination with an understanding of this the possible connection.


A newer study summarized that disc degeneration and paraspinal muscle weakness were strongly associated, facet joint degeneration and paraspinal muscle weakness were weakly associated, and facet joint degeneration and disc degeneration were strongly associated. The researchers stated that the amount of paraspinal muscle weakness increased with amount of lumbar disc degeneration and facet joint degeneration while fatty infiltration of the multifidus paraspinal muscle was susceptible to weight. (2) Further, the published literature on the degree to which low back pain and fatty infiltration of multifidus and other paraspinal muscles (erector spinae, psoas, quadratus lumborum) influenced each other was somewhat contradictory – which comes first (pain or fatty infiltrate), can fatty infiltrate be reversed, is one predictive of the other (back pain that there is fatty infiltrate or fatty infiltrate that indicates imminent back pain)? (3) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc keeps abreast of published research and encourages our back pain patients to improve the muscles that they can so that they can maintain the spine in healing and preventing future episodes of pain as best as possible.


Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc realizes that low back pain patients don’t just suffer pain; they also get to deal with muscle quality loss due to increased fatty infiltration of the paraspinal muscles. Just how much loss is highly correlated with the severity of the back pain and related dysfunction. (4) That’s the reason that rehabilitation is so crucial in addition to treatment of back pain for pain relief and prevention. Using The Cox Technic System of Spinal Pain Management in addition to other chiropractic services, nutrition and exercise, Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc is here to help! While researchers are still analyzing whether fatty infiltration is changeable, Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc sees the effort to tone and strengthen a worthy effort.

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr.  Kurt Olding on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes the multitude of options available to back pain sufferers regarding healthcare providers and emphasizes the benefit of seeking a chiropractor trained in the protocols of The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

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Make your Fort Wayne chiropractic visit to address your back pain and weakened paraspinal muscles. Relief and  an improved quality of life are ahead for you!

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