Are the size and composition of the paraspinal muscles associated with low back pain? A systematic review.
Tom A Ranger, Flavia M Cicuttini, Tue S Jensen, Waruna L Peiris, Sultana Monira Hussain, Jessica Fairley, Donna M Urquhart
The Spine Journal | Published : 2017
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Although previous studies have investigated the association between paraspinal muscle morphology and low back pain (LBP), the results are conflicting. PURPOSE: This systematic review examined the relationship between size and composition of the paraspinal muscles and LBP. STUDY DESIGN/SETTING: A systematic review was carried out. PATIENT SAMPLE: No patient sample was required. OUTCOME MEASURES: This review had no outcome measures. METHODS: A systematic search of electronic databases was conducted to identify studies investigating the association between the cross-sectional area or fatty infiltration of the paraspinal muscles (erector spinae, multifidus, psoas, and quadrat..View full abstract