Sarcopenia visits many of us one day
if we live long enough! Muscle degeneration comes
with aging. Many of us won’t escape it. It is
the degeneration and loss of skeletal muscle mass, quality
and strength that goes 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 experienced. (1) The Novelli Wellness Center treats older Buffalo, NY back pain patients to cope
with 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 recent
study reports 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 plays a role in
patients’ experiences of back pain.
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with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr.
Michael Johnson who shares 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 occur
throughout the spine eventually. Acute changes immediately
after injury are seen within the few days following surgery.
Researchers wanted to know 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 new 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 much lower 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) Buffalo, NY chiropractic patients with sarcopenia deal
with back pain and other issues that chiropractic tackles.
SARCOPENIA PAIN AND OTHER ISSUES’ EFFECTS
The Novelli Wellness Center has males and females with sarcopenia
and other conditions in its Buffalo, NY
chiropractic practice. Sarcopenia in
patients with lumbar spinal stenosis was much more common in
females than males over 70 years of age. 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 Buffalo, NY chiropractor knows
this and gently manages their experience of pain and its source
with gentle chiropractic treatment and exercise.
CONTACT The Novelli Wellness Center
Schedule a Buffalo, NY chiropractic
appointment with The Novelli Wellness Center for back pain issues related to sarcopenia and back muscle
degeneration. Aging, back pain and degeneration don’t have to prevent you from enjoying your life!