Why muscle weakness can lead to back pain and other injuries

In my previous blog post I wrote about a patient who had lower back pain caused by a problem in another area of his spine. His condition was due to a loss of motion in his middle back which he compensated for by twisting his lower back while playing golf.

In over 25 years of practice, I have seen many other patients who came in with injuries caused by weakness that was far removed from the area of pain. One person had a hamstring tear because of a long-standing weakness in the muscles of his hip. Another patient had headaches because he was using the muscles in his neck when trying to lift his arm with a damaged rotator cuff muscle. One patient hurt his shoulder while trying to lift something because he was unable to use the muscles of his back properly.

When examining my patients, I have found that it is important to look at all of them, not just the spot that hurts. Their injury is often due to compensations for deeper problems and fixing those issues may become the primary focus of my treatment. Simply “cracking” the part that hurts doesn’t do the job! Treatment here at The Back Care Center of Dumont, NJ could include spinal decompression therapy, chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy, as well as newer techniques like kinesio taping.

If you are suffering with a problem and would like to investigate the cause, please give us a call at 201-387-7463 to schedule an initial exam or an appointment.

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