Sarcopenia finds many of us one day
if we live long enough! Muscle degeneration comes
with aging. Many of us will not escape it. It is
the degenerative loss of skeletal muscle mass, quality
and strength which comes 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 experienced. (1) Vancouver Disc Centers takes
care of older Vancouver back pain patients to cope
with their back pain and manage its effect on
their lives as they age gracefully.
MUSCLE DEGENERATION AND LIFE EXPERIENCE
Aging and life influence muscle strength. A recent
report states that after experiencing back surgery, post-surgical back pain patients’ MRIs revealed
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 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 right
after injury are seen within a few days.
Researchers wanted to know 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 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 reduced in the chronic low back
pain group, too. (4) Vancouver chiropractic patients with sarcopenia deal
with back pain and other issues that chiropractic treats.
SARCOPENIA PAIN AND OTHER ISSUES’ EFFECTS
Vancouver Disc Centers has males and females with sarcopenia
and other spinal problems in its Vancouver
chiropractic practice. Sarcopenia in
patients with lumbar spinal stenosis was much more prevalent in
females than males over 70 years of age. 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 acutely. (5) Your Vancouver chiropractor knows
this and gently manages their experience of pain and its source
with gentle chiropractic treatment and exercise.
CONTACT Vancouver Disc Centers
Schedule a Vancouver chiropractic
appointment with Vancouver Disc Centers for back pain issues associated
with sarcopenia and degenerated back muscles. Aging, back pain and degeneration don’t have to prevent you from enjoying your life!