The psoas muscle

Vijay -

Posted 2007-07-08

Dear all

I have written before on this site, I have suffered from chronic low back pain and coccyx pain for the past 5 years. I have visited chiros, spine surgeons, osteopaths, acupuncturists and therapists of all hues. I recently had a microdiscecctomy as a neurosurgeon felt that my coccyx pain was driven by nerve impingement on the L5-S1. It did help the coccyx pain but the low back pain returned to haunt me. I did a bit if my own research and I stumbled upon this website called and after getting their material I did some self evaluation to find out that my inner thigh was chronically tight and painful. I can relate all the problem back to an injury to the psoas muscle (a potentially lethal creeper of a sheath going all the way from the inner thigh to the back of your spine), this muscle can go into chronic pain patterns and its resultant shortening could end up pulling the pelvis, lower back and coccyx out of mechanical balance. Sciatica, coccyx pains, pelvic problems, low back pain and all other debilitating conditions can be expected when the psoas muscle is weak and shortening to glory. It also can sense your mental anxiety and physical stress and cause more collateral damage.

I am currently doing some gentle stretches and the results have been encouraging, I plan to go to a professional sports medicine doctor to find out effective ways of putting the psoas muscle back into rhythm, it could involve strengthening the gluteals, hip flexors, quadriceps and all other surrounding muscle structures. Guess a lot of sports injury driven coccyx problems (of the idiosyncratic variety) could be due to such deep rooted muscle imbalance, removing the coccyx can only add to the trauma in such cases, what should be addressed is the muscle imbalance and the surrounding weakness.

Please do not believe doctors when they tell you that your problem has no solution, stay positive and you sure can prove them wrong, the conditions affecting the spine are so connected and bizzare that the spine surgeons, neurosurgeons, chiros and physios all see it differently. Most often it is one perspective overcompensating for lack of the other.

So listen to them and more to your body to see what is the best form of solution to your very personal problem.

Good luck and wish you all great recovery and very healthy lives!!!

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