If you suffer from chronic back pain, like
many other San Jose back pain sufferers, odds
are you’ve heard of paraspinal muscle fatty infiltrate. This spinal
issue can cause a great deal 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 associated with lumbar spinal stenosis and its treatment
with spinal manipulation offered at Chiropractic Solutions.
WHAT IS PARASPINAL MUSCLE FATTY INFILTRATE?
Paraspinal muscle fatty infiltrate is a build-up of fat within the muscle tissues around the spine. This condition is often caused by aging or genetics, although it can
also be activated by lifestyle factors like 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 involve
low back pain, stiffness in the lower back and legs, or difficulty walking due
to gait disturbances since gait relies on hip muscles
like the gluteus medius. A new report described how
the extent to which the gluteus medius is atrophied (degenerated)
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 related to distorted
gait as gait relies on robust muscle activity. (2)
San Jose chiropractic patients know Chiropractic Solutions 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 leads to lower back pain and even pain down the legs by putting
pressure on spinal nerves – and resulting
San Jose back pain. Intervertebral disc degeneration and
fatty-infiltrated paraspinal muscles – multifidus, erector spinae, etc. – are linked
and known to contribute to chronic low back pain and its
issues: the fattier, the more degenerated.
(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) Chiropractic Solutions 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 depending on
severity and the healthcare practitioner consulted from drugs and surgery to exercise, nutrition, and/or
spinal manipulation and mobilization. A study described
that one treatment of spinal manipulation was
documented to significantly decrease spinal
stiffness and increased the multifidus muscle thickness ratio that
maintained for more than 7 days in spinal manipulation
responders. (5) Your San Jose 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 Chiropractic Solutions
Paraspinal muscle fatty infiltrate is a common condition
that can cause a range of issues including 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 related to paraspinal muscle fatty infiltrate or
lumbar spinal stenosis, it's time to visit with
your San Jose chiropractor at Chiropractic Solutions about your treatment
options so you can find relief as quickly as possible.
Schedule your appointment today!