Sarcopenia visits many of us one day if we live long so long! Muscle degeneration accompanies aging. Many of us will not escape it. It is the degeneration and loss of skeletal muscle mass, quality and strength which goes with aging. But back pain severity is more associated with degenerated back muscles than sarcopenia. The more back muscle degeneration, the more back pain is sufferered. (1) Young Chiropractic takes care of older Easley 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 new report states that after experiencing back surgery, post-surgical back pain patients’ MRIs revealed muscle degeneration in all patients. Type 2 fatty degeneration was most often seen over other types of changes like inflammation and scarring. (2) Muscle degeneration plays a role in patients’ experiences of back pain.
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BACK PAIN AND MUSCLE DEGENERATION IN OLDER FOLKS
Chronic changes in back muscles occur throughout the spine in the long run. Acute changes immediately after injury are seen within a few days. Researchers set out to figure out 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 recent study of patients over 65 years old, 40% of chronic low back pain patients experienced sarcopenia. 26.6% of the control group (those who did not have chronic low back pain) had sarcopenia. The skeletal muscle mass was smaller and body fat ratio was much higher in the chronic low back pain group. Lumbar multifidis and erector spine muscles were much reduced in the chronic low back pain group, too. (4) Easley chiropractic patients with sarcopenia have back pain and other issues that chiropractic addresses.
SARCOPENIA PAIN AND OTHER ISSUES’ EFFECTS
Young Chiropractic has males and females with sarcopenia and other conditions in its Easley chiropractic practice. Sarcopenia in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis was much more common 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 lower body weight, body mass, grip strength, and walking distance. These patients experienced pain more deeply. (5) Your Easley chiropractor understands this and gently manages their experience of pain and its source with gentle chiropractic treatment and exercise.
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Schedule a Easley chiropractic visit with Young Chiropractic for back pain issues related to sarcopenia and back muscle degeneration. Aging, back pain and degeneration won’t have to keep you from enjoying your life!