Sarcopenia visits many of us some day
if we live long enough! Muscle degeneration accompanies aging. Many of us will not escape it. It’s
the degenerative loss of skeletal muscle mass, quality
and strength which comes with aging. But back pain awfulness
is more related to degenerated back muscles than sarcopenia. The more back muscle degeneration, the more
back pain is sufferered. (1) Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn takes
care of older Ashburn back pain patients to cope
with their back pain and control 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 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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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 the few days following surgery.
Researchers set out to figure out if these changes came
before or after the injury. They discovered 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 had
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 bigger
in the chronic low back pain patients. Lumbar multifidis and
erector spine muscles were much lower in the chronic low back
pain group, too. (4) Ashburn chiropractic patients with sarcopenia deal
with back pain and other problems that chiropractic addresses.
SARCOPENIA PAIN AND OTHER ISSUES’ EFFECTS
Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn sees males and females with sarcopenia
and other spinal problems in its Ashburn
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 acutely. (5) Your Ashburn chiropractor knows
this and gently manages their experience of pain and its source
with gentle chiropractic treatment and exercise.
CONTACT Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn
Schedule a Ashburn chiropractic
appointment with Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn for back pain issues associated
with sarcopenia and back muscle
degeneration. Aging, back pain and degeneration don’t have to keep you from enjoying your life!