Sarcopenia finds many of us some day
if we live long enough! Muscle degeneration accompanies aging. Many of us will not avoid it. It is
the degenerative loss of skeletal muscle mass, quality
and strength which goes with aging. But back pain awfulness
is more related to back muscle
degeneration than sarcopenia. The more back muscle degeneration, the more
back pain is sufferered. (1) Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka treats older Sitka back pain patients to cope
with their back pain and manage its effect on
their lives as they age gracefully.
MUSCLE DEGENERATION AND LIFE EXPERIENCE
Aging and life affect muscle strength. A recent
report states that after having
had a back surgery, post-surgical back pain patients’ MRIs showed
muscle degeneration in all of them. Type 2 fatty degeneration
was most frequently seen over other types of changes like inflammation
and scarring. (2) Muscle degeneration contributes to
patients’ experiences of back pain.
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BACK PAIN AND MUSCLE DEGENERATION IN OLDER FOLKS
Chronic changes in back muscles happen
throughout the spine in the long run. Acute changes right
after injury are seen within the few days following surgery.
Researchers wanted to know if these changes came
before or after the injury. They found that the multifidus
muscle decreased quickly after lumbar injury at the level of
injury. (3) In a new study of patients over 65
years of age, 40% of chronic low back pain patients had
sarcopenia. 26.6% of the control group (those who didn’t have
chronic low back pain) had sarcopenia. The skeletal
muscle mass was much lower and body fat ratio was much bigger
in the chronic low back pain patients. Lumbar multifidis and
erector spine muscles were much reduced in the chronic low back
pain group, too. (4) Sitka chiropractic patients with sarcopenia experience back pain and other problems that chiropractic addresses.
SARCOPENIA PAIN AND OTHER ISSUES’ EFFECTS
Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka has males and females with sarcopenia
and other spinal problems in its Sitka
chiropractic practice. Sarcopenia in
patients with lumbar spinal stenosis was much more prevalent in
females than males over 70 years old. In another study,
13.9% of patients were affected by sarcopenia which was accompanied
by dyslipidemia and cardiovascular disease. They also had decreased
body weight, body mass, grip strength, and walking distance. These patients felt
pain more acutely. (5) Your Sitka chiropractor understands
this and gently handles their experience of pain and its source
with gentle chiropractic treatment and exercise.
CONTACT Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka
Schedule a Sitka chiropractic
visit with Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka for back pain issues related to sarcopenia and back muscle
degeneration. Aging, back pain and degeneration will
not have to prevent you from enjoying your life!