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Abdominal Muscle Weakness

Something as simple as having weak abdominal muscles can adversely affect the body-specifically, the low back. Multiple muscles work together to stabilize the lumbar spine; this includes the abdominal muscles, gluteal muscles, and other trunk muscles. An imbalance can occur if the abdominal muscles are neglected during strength training, which can eventually lead to many low back problems. Most people focus on the outer layer (external obliques) while strength training and end up neglecting the extremely important, deep layer (internal obliques) that provide lateral and rotational support to the trunk. The majority of people afflicted with low back pain have lost control of the deep layer of abdominal muscles. The first step towards lessening your lower back pain is to work with a physical therapist on exercises specialized to strengthen and re-activate voluntary control of the deep abdominal muscles.

It is important to seek medical help if you are experiencing any of these symptoms so that a professional diagnosis can be made and a treatment plan implemented immediately. If the root of the problem is not corrected, these problems will continue and most likely worsen. The physical therapists here at Spine and Sports Medicine can work with you on re-activating the abdominal muscles in order to increase strength and performance. However, because each situation is different and warrants special care and modification during physical therapy rehabilitation, an in-depth evaluation must first be made. At Spine and Sports Medicine, your medical history, lifestyle, medications, and symptoms will be taken into account, as well as any additional tests.

If you think you are suffering from abdominal muscle weakness, call us now to make an immediate appointment (212 986-3888). A serious underlying medical problem may be present and delaying treatment can cause it to worsen. Our office is conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan, Madison Avenue and 40th Street. Most insurance covers muscle conditions.

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