Back pain is a common problem among individuals, and it can be caused by a variety of factors, including poor posture, muscle strain, and spinal conditions. However, it is not widely known that abdominal muscle weakness can contribute to chronic back pain. The rectus abdominis muscle, also known as the "six-pack" muscle, plays an important role in supporting the spine, and weakness or separation of this muscle can result in back pain. This is where rectus diastasis repair and tummy tucks come into play.
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, can improve back pain by strengthening the abdominal muscles and improving core strength. The abdominal muscles are an important component of the core muscles, which help support the spine and maintain good posture. When the abdominal muscles are weak, they are unable to properly support the spine, which can lead to strain on the back muscles and result in back pain.
During a tummy tuck, excess skin and fat are removed from the abdomen, and the underlying muscles are tightened. Muscle tightening refers to a rectus diastasis repair. This tightening of the muscles improves the strength of the abdominal wall, which in turn improves the stability of the spine. As a result, the back muscles are under less strain, and the risk of back pain is reduced.
Additionally, a tummy tuck can also help improve posture. By removing excess abdominal skin and fat, the weight of the abdomen is reduced, which can help the individual stand up straighter and maintain better posture. Good posture is important for maintaining a healthy spine and reducing the risk of back pain.
In summary, a tummy tuck can improve back pain by strengthening the abdominal muscles, improving core strength, and improving posture. It is important to note that while a tummy tuck can have significant health benefits beyond its cosmetic benefits, it is not a solution for all types of back pain. If you are experiencing chronic back pain, it is important to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the underlying cause of your pain and to discuss treatment options.
Will a tummy tuck help with my pain?
Yes, most of the time. In Dr. Hayes experience, most women who notice low back after having children are significantly improved after a tummy tuck and rectus diastais repair.
What is a rectus diastasis?
Rectus diastasis occurs when the two sides of the rectus abdominis muscle separate, resulting in a gap between the muscles. This condition is common in pregnant women and individuals who have experienced significant weight gain or loss. The separation of the muscles can weaken the core and lead to back pain.
How does Dr. Hayes perform a rectus diastasis repair?
Rectus diastasis repair is a surgical procedure that involves stitching the separated muscles back together. This procedure is typically performed under anesthesia, and recovery time can vary from a few days to several weeks. Dr. Hayes performs a “full three layer repair” to tighten the muscles in the vertical and horizontal directions. By repairing the separated muscles, the abdominal wall becomes stronger, and the core is better able to support the spine. This can alleviate back pain caused by rectus diastasis.
Is the surgery painful?
Dr. Hayes uses long-acting pain medication called Exparel. Dr. Hayes notes that people commonly report minimal pain. A tummy tuck is a major surgery, but thankfully meticulous technique and planning help maximize the recovery and results.
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Dr. Austin Hayes is a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon with offices in Portland.