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Sarcopenia Muscle Mass Loss With Chronic Back Pain

Sarcopenia means the loss of muscle tissue/mass from the natural aging process. Something that all of us are going through. However, when chronic back pain is involved it can speed up the natural process, which can lead to various health issues. Keeping the body fit and the spine healthy is the objective with approaches that can be utilized and employed to help maintain muscle mass.By the time an individual turns 30, the muscles are large and strong. But going into the 30s, individuals begin to lose muscle mass and function. Individuals that are physically inactive can lose up to 5% of muscle mass every ten years after 30. Even those who are regularly active, still lose some muscle. Sarcopenia typically kicks-in around age 75-80. However, it could speed up as early as 65. It becomes a factor in bone frailty and increases the risk of falls and fractures in older adults. Muscle Tissue Changes and Back PainLoss of muscle mass causes individuals to have a lesser degree of strength and func…

Taking An Active Role In Personal Spinal Health

Taking an active role in personal spinal healthcould mean the difference between having to deal/manage back pain for the rest of your life and not having to. Most of us have experienced some form of back pain, whether lifting an object, bending, reaching, twisting, etc. Fortunately, it is usually not serious and we move on with our lives. However, not paying attention to those not so serious backaches can lead to chronic backaches that can lead to serious chronic back pain.Chronic backache/s can be annoying, frustrating, and debilitating, especially when the cause is not obvious, cannot be found, or figured out. When back pain occurs from trauma or an automobile accident it's a lot easier to diagnose.But when it is the result of a gradual build-up of activities like sitting all day at a desk, in a truck or lifting objects, loading, unloading, pushing, pulling, stocking for several years, it could be a lot more serious than the individual might think. This is because although they …

Analgesics Pain Symptom Relieving Medications

Analgesics are pain-relieving medications, also known as painkillers. These can be over-the-counter and prescription medications. Either could be part of a treatment plan for spine-related pain. Individuals dealing with back or neck conditions, typically take analgesics to reduce symptoms.Analgesics are available over-the-counter/OTC and with a prescriptionPrescription analgesics usually include the more powerful form of over-the-counter medicationsVarious analgesics are available in topical formAnalgesics can be specialized with some to relieve pain, with others reducing inflammation/pain Over-the-counterAcetaminophen, Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and topical analgesics are the most commonly used medications for various pain symptoms. Over-the-counter analgesics are most effective when taken at the first sign/presentation of acute pain. Whiplash, along with muscle sprains and strains are common injuries known to cause short term pain that can be mild to severe. Follow the me…

The Spinal Muscles: An Extensive Guide

The spinal muscles and ligaments work in conjunction to help support the spine, maintain an upright posture, and control movements during activity and rest. The muscles are named based on shape, location, or a combination. Further categorization factors include muscle functions like flexion, extension, or rotation. Skeletal muscle is a form of striated muscle tissue that is voluntarily controlled by the somatic nervous system. Striated means it is striped in appearance. Most skeletal muscles are attached to bones by collagen fibers known as tendons.Vertebral Muscle TypesLocationForward flexorsAnteriorLateral flexorsLateralRotatorsLateralExtensorsPosterior It has the fastest contraction rate of all muscles. Before muscle/s contract, a nerve impulse starts in the brain and runs through the spinal cord to the muscle. For the muscles to contract and work properly they need energy/fuel. Mitochondria produce Adenosine triphosphate chemical cells that are needed for energy. Adenosine triphosp…

Chiropractic Physicians* & Doctors and What They Do

Alexander Jimenez grew up knowing he was going to be a chiropractic physician*. As a child, Dr. Jimenez's grandfather experienced pain symptoms and would ask little Alex to massage the painful areas. His grandfather found relief and Dr. Jimenez began to think about how he could help others experiencing pain. It was through this care that Dr. Jimenz realized being a health care chiropractic practitioner was the best way to help people. Like his grandfather, many others have experienced profound results thanks to chiropractic treatment. Dr. Jimenez knew that he wanted to be able to treat patients naturally. He would learn and develop the skills required to practice as a chiropractic physician. He enrolled in a university chiropractic program, graduated, has put in almost 30 years of work, and the rest is history. What to know about chiropractic physicians.A Chiropractic Doctors & Physician*A Doctor of Chiropractic also known as a D.C. is far more than a back doctor. Chiropractors…

Finding the Right Spinal Surgeon Asking the Right Questions

Finding the right surgeon specializing in an individual's specific spinal conditions and physical health means doing some research. There are several types of procedures for spinal problems. The type of surgery depends on the condition and an individual's medical history. If surgery is recommended for a lumbar herniated disc or LHD combined with sciatica here are a few things to think about. Researching a spine surgeonFirst and foremost look for surgeons with:Medical credentials like are they board-certified or board-eligibleCompleted a fellowship in spine surgeryDevotes at least 50% of their practice to spinal conditionsSpecializes in treating herniated disc/s and sciatica. This means they will have added/specialized knowledge and expertise.It is extremely important that an individual feels comfortable and feels they are able to communicate freely with the surgeon. A professionally qualified surgeon should:Spend adequate time with the individualAnswer all questionsProvide all …

Hip Issues Could Be Source of Lower Back Pain

Back discomfort and pain could be caused by hip issues and could be resolved with hip replacement. According to a recent study, a total hip replacement solved back pain in four out of five individuals dealing with spinal discomfort and pain. When the hip/s are stiff or cannot move normally, this places added pressure on the spine. Studies show that low back pain was resolved in 82% of individuals after a total hip replacement known as total hip arthroplasty or THA. The body is designed as a fluid chain with fluid motion connecting the neck all the way down to the toes.When a region like the hip tightens/stiffens, it generates added stress/pressure on the other areas of the body, which in this case happens to be the lower spine. Individuals with mild arthritis of the spine are able to experience increased pain reduction than individuals with severe arthritis. An insight into the relationship between the hips and low back that can lead to accurate diagnoses and optimal treatment plans. H…

Sacrum and Coccyx Vertebrae Possible Cause of Low Back Pain

The sacrum and coccyx are part of the vertebral spinal column and could contribute to low back pain. They are not like the other bones in the spinal column. The sacrum, also known as the sacral vertebra, sacral spine, and S1 is a large, flat triangular-shaped bone that is between the hip bones and below the last lumbar vertebra known as L5. The coccyx, known as the tailbone, is positioned below the sacrum.The sacrum and coccyx are made up of smaller bones that fuse and grow into a solid bone mass by the age of 30. The sacrum is composed of 5 fused vertebrae known as S1-S5 and 3 to 5 smaller bones that fuse creating the coccyx. Both are weight-bearing bones and are integral to walking, standing, and sitting functions. Sacrum and the Lumbosacral SpineThe sacrum forms the back of the pelvis. Along with the coccyx and the two sacroiliac joints make up the pelvic girdle. S1 is at the top of the sacrum and connects to the last lumbar vertebrae L5. Together they create the lumbosacral spine. …

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