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Suffering with lower back pain? It could be your thighs…

Suffering with lower back pain? It could be your thighs…

By Chuck Schulte, PT  

Diamond Physical Therapy  Algonquin IL


Are you suffering with lower back pain? If you are, you are among the majority. That’s right, around 80% of people deal with lower back pain at some point in their life. If you are one of them, you know the inconvenience and frustration that is caused by frequent lower back pain. Lower back pain can interfere with every facet of life. It can make doing lots of things difficult, keeping you from doing the things you need to, want to, or love to do. The solution to this problem is to understand what causes back pain in the first place. Do you know it could be coming from your thighs and/or hips?


How Does Your Thigh or Hip Strength Correlate with Lower Back Pain? 

It might come as a surprise to you, but poor thigh and hip strength often leads to lower back pain. As you age, your thigh and hip muscles can weaken. This is caused by various factors, such as sitting for long periods of time, along with age. As a result of this weakness, the support your spine once enjoyed is lessened. This in turn makes it harder for you to do simple tasks, like bending over and picking something up. Put simply, it means you don’t have the correct amount of strength in the right places. Consequently, when you bend down repetitively on a daily basis in your weakened state, this will lead to more stress on your back, which causes your pain to worsen.

How to Know If Your Strength is Located in the Right Places: 

First of all, do the following:

  • Face a mirror.
  • Make sure your head is facing forward and your spine remains straight.
  • Squat down, by sticking your buttocks outward.

When completing these actions, notice the following:

  • Are you able to squat as you stick out your buttocks?
  • Do you feel discomfort or pressure in your knees?
  • Does one or both of your knees turn inwards?

If you answered yes to any of these questions listed above, you likely have problems with the strength and mobility of your pelvis, hips and thighs. These issues could be the culprit behind not only your back pain, but any knee pain you might have as well.

How to Strengthen Your Hip and Thigh Muscles:

One solution to the problem of back pain would seem to be for you to strengthen your hip and thigh muscles. Sometimes that’s easier said than done. That’s where our expertise comes in handy. When you choose Diamond Physical Therapy in Algonquin for your treatment, we begin by thoroughly analyzing the way you bend and walk. We also make note of how strong your thighs and hip muscles are at the present time. After this assessment, we can pinpoint the areas of your body that need work. The next step will be creating a treatment plan that is specifically designed to help you quickly build strength, and as a result, improve your spinal stability, muscle coordination and eliminate or reduce your back pain.


We can help.

For more information on the programs we offer to relieve back pain, call Diamond Physical Therapy in Algonquin today at 847-854-0196 or schedule an appt.

We are happy to create a treatment plan that will have you pain free as quickly as possible. Don’t despair; there is hope for an existence free of back pain. We can help!


Not sure physical therapy is right for your back pain?

Register for our free Low Back Pain and Sciatica Workshop.


Just click here: or call us at 847-854-0196.


 Here’s some of what you’ll learn

  • The biggest mistake people make about back pain.
  • The 3 most common cause of low back pain and sciatica.
  • How a problem in your back can cause pain in your leg.
  • Why it feels better to lean on the grocery cart while shopping
  • Three most effective steps to take to handle your pain once and for all.






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