Oh! My Aching Shoulder… My Achey Back

The shoulder is an entirely separate joint and unrelated to anything going on in the low back right? Well, I personally do not believe that. As a physical therapist treating body aches and pains for for almost 20 years I have found there to be a significant relationship between shoulder pain and back pain. The shoulder may seem far removed from the low back but give me a few minutes to explain the relationship.

quadratus lumborumWhen you are having problems with your back there is a muscle that attaches from the ribcage pelvis to the ribcage and goes right over the kidney areas called the quadratus lumborum. It typically gets very tight with low back pain and it pulls on the ribcage. This can affect the shoulder because all of the muscles that control the shoulder attach on the ribcage.

Tightness in the quadratus lumborum can contribute to issues in the shoulder; however, there is an even more significant muscle attachment that will definitely affect shoulder latissumus dorsimotion and pain. There is muscle that spans a large portion of the back and it works to stabilize the shoulder joint. This muscle is called the latissimus dorsi and it’s base attachment is down at the sacroiliac joint.

When the sacroiliac joint is not synchronizing properly it affects the muscles that attach in that area one of which is the latissimus dorsi. It will cause this muscle to misfire and since it is the latissimus that stabilizes the shoulder it allows the shoulder joint to pinch the rotator cuff muscles causing pain. Many times a strained rotator cuff has a root cause coming from a misfiring latissimus which is caused from dysfunction at the sacroiliac joint.

So what exactly is the sacroiliac joint? The sacroiliac joint is a joint in your pelvis and Sacroiliac_Jointthere is some movement that occurs at this joint which helps with the coordination of all the muscles that attach to the pelvis. The sacroiliac joint consists of 3 bones – an ilium on each side and the sacrum in the middle.

This joint is a root cause of most low back pain. If you want to know more about the sacroiliac joint and how you can get it to coordinate properly so that the muscles that attach in the area can also work properly then check out my book Free My Back. In this book I discuss 7 steps to resolving chronic back pain and one of those steps includes a technique to retrain the sacroiliac joint to move properly. Click here for access to the downloadable E-Book version for free (for a limited time).

In Abundant Health,



About Lisa Marie Keller

Lisa Marie Keller wants to live in a world where it is commonplace to dance to the music of life. As a pain management specialist, she's been working as a Physical Therapist resolving the pain of her patients for a variety of conditions including but not limited to chronic back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, knee pain foot pain and even headaches for over thirteen years. Following seven years of traditional schooling and more years than she would like to remember at the School of Hard Knocks resolving her own pain and body dysfunctions she has become the Queen of Conquering Pain. When she’s not pondering on how to solve the next health dilemma, you can find her dancing around in her living room to music that is played much too loud, making snobby comments about amazing wine and fantasizing about where she is going to travel to next. Her first book — Free My Back — hit the Amazon Marketplace in August 2014. You can get a free e-book version of Free My Back by registering at www.freemyback.com
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