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Anatomy of Low Back Pain

Most low back pain is muscular, largely due to the muscles named Quadratus Lumborum or QL for short. The QL are 2 large muscles which attach to the top of your pelvis, 4 of your Lumbar vertebrae and your lower ribs. The QL muscles are involved in all movements of the lower back in some way although they are not really the main movement muscles, they are mostly helpers. They also help with breathing due to their attachments onto the bottom of the rib cage. 

The Quadratus Lumborum Muscle shown in red

When we sit for long periods of time the main movement muscles of the lower back become weak because we aren’t using them – this means that when they are called upon and cannot provide enough strength, the QL muscles help out more than they should do. They then get very fatigued and painful. This can also lead them to become strained or go into spasm and this is the root of a lot of low back pain.

Unfortunately, once we have had an episode of back pain it is very likely it will happen again unless we address the underlying issues causing the problems.

Our expert physiotherapists can help ease the pain of QL spasm as well as lots of other causes of back pain. We have been providing back pain treatment to the people of Stevenage for over 25 years. 

Don’t leave it and hope that it goes away, you are likely to need advice on how to reduce further episodes of back pain. 

Call us now on 01438 317037, we will be able to see you within 48 hours and usually have appointments available even sooner.

Kerri Surman – Specialist Sports & Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist