Sarcopenia visits many of us one day
if we live long enough! Muscle degeneration comes
with aging. Many of us won’t escape it. Sarcopenia is
the degeneration and loss of skeletal muscle mass, quality
and strength which goes with aging. But back pain severity
is more related to degenerated back muscles than sarcopenia. The more back muscle degeneration, the more
back pain is experienced. (1) Spengel Chiropractic treats older McHenry back pain patients to manage their back pain and control its effect on
their lives as they age gracefully.
MUSCLE DEGENERATION AND LIFE EXPERIENCE
Aging and life influence muscle strength. A new
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 frequently seen over other types of changes like inflammation
and scarring. (2) Muscle degeneration contributes to
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 work 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 eventually. 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 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 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 much lower 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) McHenry chiropractic patients with sarcopenia have back pain and other problems that chiropractic treats.
SARCOPENIA PAIN AND OTHER ISSUES’ EFFECTS
Spengel Chiropractic sees males and females with sarcopenia
and other conditions in its McHenry
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 McHenry chiropractor understands
this and gently manages their experience of pain and its source
with gentle chiropractic treatment and exercise.
CONTACT Spengel Chiropractic
Schedule a McHenry chiropractic
visit with Spengel Chiropractic for back pain issues associated
with sarcopenia and degenerated back muscles. Aging, back pain and degeneration do not have to prevent you from enjoying your life!