Lecture 11

The hidden prankstersm – Iliopsoas muscle as a source of backpain

  • Negev Bar, MD

    Doctor of Medicine
    Family physician
    Dry Needling instructor

Kibbutz Dalia
Mobile: 972-54-6747611


Yes, the iliopsoas muscle can be a source of back pain. The iliopsoas muscle is a large muscle that runs from the lower spine and pelvis to the top of the femur (thigh bone). It is responsible for flexing the hip and rotating the thigh outward.

When the iliopsoas muscle becomes tight or overworked, it can cause pain in the lower back. This is because the muscle attaches to the spine, and when it becomes tight, it can pull on the spine, causing discomfort. Tightness in the iliopsoas muscle can also cause a forward tilt of the pelvis, which can contribute to poor posture and back pain.

Sitting for extended periods of time and activities that require repetitive hip flexion, such as running, can cause the iliopsoas muscle to become tight and contribute to back pain. Stretching and strengthening exercises can help alleviate pain associated with the iliopsoas muscle. If the pain persists or is severe, it is important to consult a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

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