Sarcopenia visits many of us one day if we live long so long! Muscle degeneration accompanies aging. Many of us won’t avoid it. It is the degeneration and loss of skeletal muscle mass, quality and strength that 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 felt. (1) Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic treats older Augusta back pain patients to handle their back pain and control its impact on their lives as they age gracefully.
MUSCLE DEGENERATION AND LIFE EXPERIENCE
Aging and life affect muscle strength. A new report states that after having had a back surgery, post-surgical back pain patients’ MRIs revealed muscle degeneration in all patients. 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 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 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) were affected by 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 lower in the chronic low back pain group, too. (4) Augusta chiropractic patients with sarcopenia have back pain and other issues that chiropractic treats.
SARCOPENIA PAIN AND OTHER ISSUES’ EFFECTS
Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic sees males and females with sarcopenia and other conditions in its Augusta chiropractic practice. Sarcopenia in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis was much more common 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 decreased body weight, body mass, grip strength, and walking distance. These patients experienced pain more acutely. (5) Your Augusta chiropractor knows this and gently manages their experience of pain and its source with gentle chiropractic treatment and exercise.
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Schedule a Augusta chiropractic visit with Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic for back pain issues related to sarcopenia and degenerated back muscles. Aging, back pain and degeneration will not have to prevent you from enjoying your life!