Sarcopenia finds many of us some day
if we live long enough! Muscle degeneration accompanies aging. Many of us won’t escape it. It is
the degenerative loss of skeletal muscle mass, quality
and strength that comes with aging. But back pain awfulness
is more associated with back muscle
degeneration than sarcopenia. The more back muscle degeneration, the more
back pain is sufferered. (1) Soft Health and Healing Clinic treats older Brooks back pain patients to handle their back pain and control its effect on
their lives as they age gracefully.
MUSCLE DEGENERATION AND LIFE EXPERIENCE
Aging and life affect muscle strength. A recent
study reports that after experiencing 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 plays a role in
patients’ experiences of back pain.
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr.
Michael Johnson who describes how Cox® Technic helps patients
who have had back surgery get their back muscles and
spine back into shape, no matter their age.
BACK PAIN AND MUSCLE DEGENERATION IN OLDER FOLKS
Chronic changes in back muscles are seen
throughout the spine in the long run. Acute changes right
after injury are seen within a few days.
Researchers wanted to know if these changes came
before or after the injury. They discovered that the multifidus
muscle reduced quickly after lumbar injury at the level of
injury. (3) In the latest study of patients over 65
years of age, 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 much lower and body fat ratio was much bigger
in the chronic low back pain group. Lumbar multifidis and
erector spine muscles were much lower in the chronic low back
pain group, too. (4) Brooks chiropractic patients with sarcopenia experience back pain and other problems that chiropractic treats.
SARCOPENIA PAIN AND OTHER ISSUES’ EFFECTS
Soft Health and Healing Clinic has males and females with sarcopenia
and other spinal problems in its Brooks
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 had sarcopenia which was accompanied
by dyslipidemia and cardiovascular disease. They also had decreased
body weight, body mass, grip strength, and walking distance. These patients experienced
pain more deeply. (5) Your Brooks chiropractor knows
this and gently handles their experience of pain and its source
with gentle chiropractic treatment and exercise.
CONTACT Soft Health and Healing Clinic
Schedule a Brooks chiropractic
appointment with Soft Health and Healing Clinic for back pain issues related to sarcopenia and back muscle
degeneration. Aging, back pain and degeneration don’t have to prevent you from enjoying your life!