Pelvic stabilization overview
Pelvic stabilization training is a popular technique for treating chronic lower back pain because it strengthens the musculature around the lower back and pelvis. Recent studies have shown that one of the most common sources of lower back pain is the gradual weakening of the muscles in the lumbar spine.
In a healthy back, these muscles support the spine and reduce the stress on the lumbar vertebrae by bearing some of the body’s weight load. When these muscles weaken, this stress leads to muscle strain and soft tissue injury, and in turn, back pain. Pelvic stabilization is designed to strengthen these critical muscles between the lumbar and sacral vertebrae at the base of the spine, helping you to prevent or recover from pain. Read on for a full list of potential treatments to relieve your chronic lower back pain.
Nonsurgical treatment options for chronic lower back pain
For patients suffering from chronic back pain, one of the most effective treatments available is for a doctor, chiropractor or physical therapist to show patients how to strengthen and stretch the nearby muscles. These strengthening treatments relieve pain by reducing stress on the spine and decompressing irritated nerves. They are also an excellent preventative measure because a strong and flexible spine is less likely to be injured.
Pelvic stabilization is one type of strengthening technique that is utilized by physical therapists and chiropractors to improve the strength and endurance of the adjoining muscles in the lower back and pelvis. During these therapeutic sessions, the patient will be assisted in finding the neutral spine position, where the spine is in perfect alignment. From this position, the therapists will lead the patient in numerous targeted exercises, such as hamstring stretches, leg lifts and abdominal exercises.
Pelvic stabilization is just one type of conservative treatment that may be recommended for patients experiencing back pain from spine conditions such as bulging discs, spinal stenosis or bone spurs. Other popular conservative treatments include:
- Hot and cold therapy
- Aquatic therapy
- Massage therapy
- Soft tissue manual therapy
- Pain medication
- Neck or back braces
Surgical treatment options for chronic lower back pain
If you are still experiencing persistent back pain after several weeks or months of pelvic stabilization treatment, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about our safer and effective alternatives to traditional open spine surgery.^ Our minimally invasive spine surgery may be able to offer you the relief you require without high risks of complication and infection.^
Reach out to us today for more information and to request a free MRI review* of your spine to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures. Our team performs thousands of minimally invasive spine surgeries each year and we look forward to helping you get started on your journey to wellness.