West Des Moines Back Pain Linked with Sarcopenia and Back Muscle Degeneration

Sarcopenia finds many of us one day if we live long enough! Muscle degeneration accompanies aging. Many of us won’t avoid it. Sarcopenia is the degenerative loss of skeletal muscle mass, quality and strength which goes with aging. But back pain severity is more associated with back muscle degeneration than sarcopenia. The more back muscle degeneration, the more back pain is experienced. (1) Executive Chiropractic of Iowa takes care of older West Des Moines 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 affect muscle strength. A recent study reports that after experiencing back surgery, post-surgical back pain patients’ MRIs revealed 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.

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BACK PAIN AND MUSCLE DEGENERATION IN OLDER FOLKS

Chronic changes in back muscles occur throughout the spine eventually. Acute changes right after injury are seen within a few days. Researchers set out to figure out if these changes came before or after the injury. They found that the multifidus muscle decreased quickly after lumbar injury at the level of injury. (3) In the latest study of patients over 65 years of age, 40% of chronic low back pain patients experienced sarcopenia. 26.6% of the control group (those who didn’t have chronic low back pain) had 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) West Des Moines chiropractic patients with sarcopenia deal with back pain and other problems that chiropractic treats.

SARCOPENIA PAIN AND OTHER ISSUES’ EFFECTS

Executive Chiropractic of Iowa sees males and females with sarcopenia and other conditions in its West Des Moines chiropractic practice. Sarcopenia in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis was much more common in females than males over 70 years of age. In another 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 felt pain more deeply. (5) Your West Des Moines chiropractor understands this and gently handles their experience of pain and its source with gentle chiropractic treatment and exercise.

CONTACT Executive Chiropractic of Iowa

Schedule a West Des Moines chiropractic visit with Executive Chiropractic of Iowa for back pain issues related to sarcopenia and back muscle degeneration. Aging, back pain and degeneration won’t have to prevent you from enjoying your life!

Executive Chiropractic of Iowa relieves a lot of back pain and sees a lot of related sarcopenia and back muscle degeneration. 
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