Quadratus Lumborum The Mimicker of Low Back Pain

Pain & Injury on October 20th, 2010 2 Comments

When someone comes into my clinic with Low Back Pain (LBP), I was always taught and continue to hear in advanced seminars that you should check out the Iliopsoas as a potential contributor to the persons (LBP) . After 20 years of practice I can hardly recall a case where the person would say – that is my low back pain as I was palpating or treating the Iliopsoas. Oh, I know there has probably been a few cases where the Iliopsoas was causing referred pain into the low back but not that many. On the other hand I cant tell you how many times that I have been palpating or treating the Quadratus Lumborum (QL) and the person says – that is my low back pain right there you found it. Janet Travel says the (QL) is the most overlooked muscular source of low back pain, so I guess my experience is not unique. I would love to hear other practitioners experience regarding the number of cases where the person’s (LBP) was related to the Iliopsoas versus the (QL).

2 Responses to “Quadratus Lumborum The Mimicker of Low Back Pain”

  1. Dave Nickamin says:

    Often times I find both Iliopsoas and Quadratus Lumborum are effected in low back pain cases. I find referral pain in both muscles common in low back pain.

    • MyoFinder says:

      Hey Dave,
      Thanks for your clinical input on this commonly seen pathology.
      If you were to give a percentage to the number of LBP clients who have both muscles involved what would be your estimate??

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