Low Back Pain - Abdominal Wall

 


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Patients with chronic lower back pain caused by lower back muscles in spasm results in patients having difficulty in straightening the spine. In such a situation, the abdominal wall muscles have less opposition and become tight and shortened aggravating the forward bent posture.

To test the strength of the abdominal wall, the patient can lie on his back and attempt to lift the head forward against resistance.

Often, abdominal wall pain may be the presenting feature in a patient who has had lower back pain and stiffness for some time. He may have gotten used to these lower back symptoms and a careful history for such must be uncovered to get to the root of the abdominal wall symptoms.

Palpation for presence of tender muscle knots and bands in the abdominal wall should always be performed for consideration of presence of myofascial syndrome.

The muscles that comprise the abdominal wall are:
- Rectus abdominis
- External oblique
- Internal oblique.
Nerve supply: Lower thoracic nerves from T6 to L1.

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Jennifer Chu, M. D. , founder of eToims Soft Tissue Comfort Center® is also President and CEO of eToims Medical Technology LLC, a medical device company with training programs in eToims® Twitch Relief Method. She is an Emeritus Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Pennsylvania, where has been on faculty for more than 30 years.

eToims Soft Tissue Comfort Center® specializes in diagnosis and treatment which ends muscle discomfort and pain.

Jennifer Chu, M. D. emeritus professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, pioneered eToims Twitch Relief Method that utilizes surface electrical stimulation to locate motor points (trigger points). The motor points are then stimulated to induce strong local muscle contractions, termed twitches. This results in reduced muscle pain and discomfort in the areas that were stimulated. The involved pain/discomfort-relieving mechanism is thought to include local muscle exercise and stretch effects.

eToims Soft Tissue Comfort Center® specializes in diagnosis and treatment which ends muscle discomfort and pain.

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