275 Madison E 40th St.

Contact: 212-986-3888

275 Madison E 40th St.

Contact: 212-986-3888

Weakness in the abdominal muscles is a major cause of back pain. This is because the abdominal muscles work in concert with gluteal and trunk muscles to stabilize the lumbar spine. Most people only know how to work their external obliques – outer layer of abdominal muscles. They neglect the extremely important deep layer – internal obliques – of abdominal muscles. When there is an imbalance in the strength of muscles – leading to a weakness in the abs – other muscles must overcompensate. Such overcompensation causes back pain and other problems.

Abdominal Muscle Weakness

According to Dr. Brian Kessler – Medical Director of Spine and Sports Medicine – some common signs of abdominal muscle weakness include:

  • Poor Posture
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Core Weakness
  • Inability to Hollow Stomach

Physical Therapy to Target and Strengthen Abdominal Muscles

Physical Therapy at Spine and Sports Medicine targets and strengthens abdominal muscle weakness to correct the root cause of your back pain. Most importantly, all physical therapy programs are designed to educate and train the patient on how to prevent recurrent back pain and other problems caused by abdominal muscle weakness.

The Multidisciplinary Team at Spine and Sports Medicine work in concert with each patient to ensure that back pain caused by abdominal muscle weakness is corrected immediately and will not worsen.

In-depth evaluation for suspected abdominal muscle weakness:

  • Medical history
  • Body mass index (BMI)
  • Sporting activity history
  • Physical exercise history
  • Work activity history
  • Physical examination

Individualized physical therapy treatment plan for abdominal muscle weakness:

  • Specific exercise routines for the patient’s individual needs
  • Re-activate the abdominal muscles through specialized exercises
  • Increase strength of the abdominal muscles
  • Increase performance of the abdominal muscles
  • Increasing flexibility
  • Enhancing mobility
  • Strengthening the structures surrounding the abdominal muscles

Guide to Pain Relief

Please click the icon below to download Dr. Brian Kessler’s complimentary eBook – Guide to Pain Relief – or call 212.986.3888 to schedule a consultation.

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