Sarcopenia visits many of us some day
if we live long so long! Muscle degeneration accompanies aging. Many of us won’t 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 experienced. (1) Spinal Care Clinic takes
care of older Burlington and Hamilton back pain patients to cope
with their back pain and manage its impact on
their lives as they age gracefully.
MUSCLE DEGENERATION AND LIFE EXPERIENCE
Aging and life influence muscle strength. A recent
study reports that after undergoing 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 happen
throughout the spine eventually. 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 found that the multifidus
muscle decreased quickly after lumbar injury at the level of
injury. (3) In the latest study of patients over 65
years old, 40% of chronic low back pain patients experienced
sarcopenia. 26.6% of the control group (those who didn’t have
chronic low back pain) were affected by sarcopenia. The skeletal
muscle mass was smaller 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) Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic patients with sarcopenia have back pain and other issues that chiropractic treats.
SARCOPENIA PAIN AND OTHER ISSUES’ EFFECTS
Spinal Care Clinic has males and females with sarcopenia
and other spinal problems in its Burlington and Hamilton
chiropractic practice. Sarcopenia in
patients with lumbar spinal stenosis was much more prevalent in
females than males over 70 years old. In one 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 acutely. (5) Your Burlington and Hamilton chiropractor knows
this and gently handles their experience of pain and its source
with gentle chiropractic treatment and exercise.
CONTACT Spinal Care Clinic
Schedule a Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic
appointment with Spinal Care Clinic for back pain issues associated
with sarcopenia and back muscle
degeneration. Aging, back pain and degeneration won’t have to prevent you from enjoying your life!