conditions we treat

lower cross syndrome

Lower cross syndrome is a pattern of shortened, contracted muscles with overactive and underactive muscles and is a common cause of lower back pain and hip pain.

Muscles in the lower back and the hip flexors become tight and overactive, while the deep abdominal muscles and glutes become weak and underactive. This results in an anterior tilt of the pelvis and can place excess pressure on the joints of the lower lumbar spine, pelvis, hips and knees. 

Although this sounds like an intimidating diagnosis, it is a rather common issue for many people. When faced with these patterns of shortened, contracted muscles with overactive and underactive muscles, patients can experience a variety of symptoms and problems.

Symptons of lower cross syndrome may include:

Treatment for lower cross syndrome may include:

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How do sports chiropractors treat lower cross syndrome?

At Premier Sport & Spine, we approach lower cross syndrome with a two-part treatment plan. Following a thorough evaluation to identify the root cause of the pain and rule out underlying conditions such as disc damage, treatment focuses on positively affecting the muscles that have become tight and treating associated loss of joint mobility. 

In the second part of treatment, we address the weakened or inactive muscles involved in lower cross syndrome. If the tight muscles are merely treated without correcting the weakness or altered firing pattern that cause postural stress, symptoms will return over time. Your sports chiropractor will provide you with a customized rehabilitation program to stabilize the hips, pelvis and low back, alleviating pain long term.

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