Sarcopenia visits many of us one day
if we live long enough! Muscle degeneration comes
with 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 awfulness
is more associated with back muscle
degeneration than sarcopenia. The more back muscle degeneration, the more
back pain is felt. (1) Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office takes
care of older Groton 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 experiencing back surgery, post-surgical back pain patients’ MRIs showed
muscle degeneration in all of them. Type 2 fatty degeneration
was most often 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 undergone 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 in the long run. Acute changes immediately
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 found that the multifidus
muscle reduced 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 experienced
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 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) Groton chiropractic patients with sarcopenia experience back pain and other issues that chiropractic treats.
SARCOPENIA PAIN AND OTHER ISSUES’ EFFECTS
Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office sees males and females with sarcopenia
and other conditions in its Groton
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 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 Groton chiropractor knows
this and gently manages their experience of pain and its source
with gentle chiropractic treatment and exercise.
CONTACT Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office
Schedule a Groton chiropractic
appointment with Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office for back pain issues related to sarcopenia and back muscle
degeneration. Aging, back pain and degeneration won’t have to keep you from enjoying your life!