What is Lumbar Instability and How Can It Be Treated?

Did you know that lumbar instability is most common in females who have participated in cheerleading, gymnastics and dancing? It can also be related to substantial disability.

What is Lumbar Instabiliy?

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Many people experience low back pain each day. For some people, a lack of muscular support in and around the lower back region may be the source of the symptoms. Without support from the trunk muscles, an excessive amount of stress and strain can be transferred to the joints and other structures of the spine resulting in a painful condition known as lumbar instability.


Who Experiences Lumbar Instability Most?

Lumbar instability is most common in females between the ages of 25-55, with the highest prevalence in retired:

  • Cheerleaders
  • Gymnasts
  • Dancers

This is due to the excessive nature of the movements related to these activities. In addition, those with instability often have a history of “self-manipulating” or “cracking” the back for temporary relief.


How to Treat Lumbar Instability?

The lumbar spine is made to be strong, and that’s where physical therapy starts.

Physical therapy treatment for lumbar instability focuses not just on strengthening the trunk muscles but more importantly on promoting activation of these muscles with the right sequence and timing during movement. Once the proper movement patterns are learned, they can then be applied to aggravating activities in order to decrease strain on tissues of the lower back and prevent re-injury.


Dynamic Physical Therapy

If you or a family member requires physical therapy, including treatment for lumbar instability, please call Dynamic Physical Therapy304-225-0910. 

Low back pain does not have to be a lifelong friend. You’ll get the tools you need to feel better, move better and live better!

By | 2019-03-18T12:17:44-04:00 February 8th, 2017|Back & Sciatica Pain|0 Comments