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Glute Weakness and Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain (LBP) has recently been reported as the greatest cause of disability worldwide. Additionally, 5-15% of all American adults will develop chronic lower back pain (CLBP) in their lifetime. Recent studies have shown that individuals suffering from CLBP are increasingly likely to have limited lumbar (lower spine) mobility, as well as decreased effectiveness of core muscle contraction. Along with these differences, there has also been shown to be a correlation between LBP and weaker glutes.

 The gluteal muscles are a group of three muscles that comprise the buttocks:

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As a unit, these three muscles make up the largest muscle group in your body.  They are located at the back of each hip, and are the first muscle to activate upon leg muscle contraction. You need your glutes to stand up, sit down, and move. With weakened glutes, your lower back suffers. Aside from lower back pain, slouching posture may be a good indicator of weak glutes, as well as hip tightness and knee pain. Most recently, clinical trials have indicated that improved gluteal and core strength can serve as effective interventions in chronic lower back pain.

 Remember, back pain is not a condition, but rather a symptom of a greater problem. If you or someone you know is living with chronic lower back pain, know that there is a solution. Contact us at 243-841-8939 in order to schedule a consultation and find out how the Microsurgical Spine Center can help lead you towards a future of relief and restoring you to a higher quality of life. We believe in a future without pain – and we are here to help you take back your life.

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