Where Is the Iliocostalis Lumborum?
A long muscle that runs from the ribs down the spine and around the tailbone.
What are the Symptoms of a Iliocostalis Lumborum Tear or strain?
- Pain in the low back
- Pain concentrated in the buttock
- Occasionally pain in the low abdomen
Causes of pain
- Bending and twisting when lifting
- Straining when trying to lift something too heavy
- Whiplash of the lower back
- Extended periods of sitting in a car or plane
What is The Function of the Iliocostalis Lumborum?
This muscle extends and laterally flexes the thoracolumbar spine.
- Straightens the back
- Bends the back side to side
- Twists the back side to side
- Shifts the pelvis side to side
Origin and Insertion of Iliocostalis Lumborum
It originates from the common origin of the erector spinae muscles, which includes the following:
Spinous processes and supraspinous ligament of T11 through L5 (supraspinous ligament ends between L2 and L4)
Median sacral crest
Long posterior sacroiliac ligament
Lateral sacral crest
Posteromedial iliac crest
Attaches onto the posterior and inferior surfaces of the angles of the lower six to nine ribs.
Stretches for Iliocostalis Lumborum
Strengthen the Iliocostalis Lumborum