If your back hurts, it makes sense to suspect something in your back as the source of the pain. However, the many musculoskeletal interconnections within the body mean that sometimes the source of a symptom in one part actually lies in another part. This is particularly true of lower back pain; dysfunction in another area of the body, such as the hips or legs, can easily translate to pain in the back.
One remote cause of back pain is muscle insufficiency below the back. When muscles don’t do their jobs propercanstockphoto16310141ly, pain can result in a couple of ways: First, other muscles will compensate for the work the weak ones can’t do, leading to strain, and second, weak muscles may fail to stabilize joints, causing a chain reaction of pain.
People with chronic back pain may want to consider the gluteus medius as a potential source. This stabilizer muscle sits on the outer hip, with a third of it covered by the gluteus maximus. The medius is an important stabilizer muscle. It helps to keep the pelvis level, to stabilize the sacroiliac joints in the back of the hips and to keep the hips and knees aligned when the hips are flexed. If the gluteus medius is weak, pelvic instability and muscle compensation in the back can result in back pain.

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