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Richmond Back Pain Linked with Sarcopenia and Back Muscle Degeneration

Sarcopenia visits many of us some day if we live long enough! Muscle degeneration accompanies aging. Many of us will not avoid it. It’s the degenerative loss of skeletal muscle mass, quality and strength that goes with aging. But back pain awfulness is more associated with degenerated back muscles than sarcopenia. The more back muscle degeneration, the more back pain is felt. (1) Johnson Chiropractic takes care of older Richmond back pain patients to handle 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 report states that after having had a 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.

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BACK PAIN AND MUSCLE DEGENERATION IN OLDER FOLKS

Chronic changes in back muscles are seen throughout the spine in the long run. Acute changes right 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 decreased quickly after lumbar injury at the level of injury. (3) In a recent study of patients over 65 years of age, 40% of chronic low back pain patients had sarcopenia. 26.6% of the control group (those who didn’t 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 patients. Lumbar multifidis and erector spine muscles were much reduced in the chronic low back pain group, too. (4) Richmond chiropractic patients with sarcopenia experience back pain and other issues that chiropractic treats.

SARCOPENIA PAIN AND OTHER ISSUES’ EFFECTS

Johnson Chiropractic sees males and females with sarcopenia and other spinal problems in its Richmond 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 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 felt pain more deeply. (5) Your Richmond chiropractor understands this and gently manages their experience of pain and its source with gentle chiropractic treatment and exercise.

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Schedule a Richmond chiropractic visit with Johnson Chiropractic for back pain issues related to sarcopenia and back muscle degeneration. Aging, back pain and degeneration will not have to prevent you from enjoying your life!

Johnson Chiropractic lessens a lot of back pain and sees a lot of related sarcopenia and back muscle degeneration. 
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