Have you got recurring low back? Have you ever thought that your low back pain was caused by more than just problems in your lower back.
“A positive ilieocecal valve test is reliably associated with the presence of low back pain”
Low back pain, politely put, is a nuisance even when it only occurs once. When it occurs frequently the adjectives become more descriptive.
The big issues with recurring low back or any recurring injury is the limitations that it puts on your life. It can cause simple stiffness that makes it slower getting started in the morning or after sitting too long or it can be so disruptive that you need to modify your life to manage it.
Those affected by recurring low back pain normally end up investing some time and money into its resolution. Now, problems in the low back are definitely the most common cause of low back pain, but it is not always the case.
What if the pain was not coming from your low back?
The association of pain coming from other areas of the body is not something new. Some of the more common ones that people may be aware of are:
– pain in the back of the thighs or legs coming from a low back disc injury
– pain in the neck, jaw and left arm arising from a heart attack
– right shoulder blade pain arising from gall bladder inflammation
– low back pain occurring monthly for many women with their period
One that may not be so common and is presented in this associated research is the relationship between the ileocecal valve and low back pain.
Let me tell you a little about the ileocecal valve. It is a sphincter muscle at the junction between the small and large intestine. Its function is to control the flow of bowel contents between the small and large intestine. Critically, to stop the reflux of large bowel contents returning to the small intestine.
It is physically located in the lower right aspect of abdominal area, just about the right hip and it has ligamentous attachments to the base of the sacrum.
It’s interesting that this research suggests a relationship between the ileocecal valve and low back pain exists. Given the relationship between the female period and low back pain it is not difficult to comprehend that this valve in such close proximity to female organ structures could be involved in causing low back.
If you suffer from recurring low back pain and the traditional low back only approach is not providing long term resolution, maybe a review of other related organ structures could be an alternative consideration.
If you would like to have a chat about your low back pain and a possible relationship with the ileocecal valve, please feel free to contact us below and we’d be happy to talk to you about it.