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Normal Degeneration Linked with Colorado Springs Spinal Stenosis

Normal degeneration of the spine may seem incongruous when discussing degeneration, but age meets us all. Age generates degeneration normally. Our Colorado Springs chiropractic practice acknowledges and respects age for its influence on the spine and its influence in paraspinal muscle and disc degeneration. They go hand-in-hand. The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR treats them gently and successfully, particularly when our patients do their part in keeping appointments, exercising, and following suggestions about supplements that can help. It’s all part of the Colorado Springs chiropractic treatment plan!

NORMAL DEGENERATION: Age

Age. Not a topic we enjoy talking about, but age doesn’t care. It keeps doing its thing. Age contributed much when researchers compared the fatty infiltration of muscle in normal people to that in lumbar spinal stenosis patients matched for age, BMI, weight, etc. The paraspinal muscle alterations in lumbar spinal stenosis patients and normal people were similar. Degeneration of these muscles related to age was more obvious in lumbar spinal stenosis patients particularly in the multifidus muscles. (1) A radiographic study of degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis found age-related risk factors. Researchers wrote that greater intervertebral disc height and more severe vertebral endplate failure may trigger degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis because of the amplified mobility of the segment, progressing disc degeneration. Weakened paravertebral muscles may weaken lumbar spinal stability. (2) Truly, the spine and all its muscles are interconnected. The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR pays attention to them all, to their response to treatment, to their part in the pain.

BACK PAIN AND ITS PALS

Low back pain has friends. It brings with it degeneration, change, fat, imbalance and more. Researchers credited intervertebral disc degeneration as being the main cause of chronic low back pain. It’s a familiar and recuring condition in spine surgery fields. Disc degeneration is related to disc inflammation. As we humans age, researchers explained that its bone marrow changes to bone marrow fat, starting an inflammatory response in the disc and paraspinal muscles which influence spine stability. As the muscles fill with fat, low back pain changed to chronic. (3) In a study of patients with lumbar spinal stenosis and sciatica/leg pain, researchers saw that lumbar degenerative diseases prompted paravertebral muscle degeneration with higher levels of intramuscular fat infiltration. Women’s paraspinal muscles were significantly reduced. The erector spinae muscle and multifidus muscle in older aged patients were described as having more fat in them. (4) The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR realizes that aging contributes to back pain’s development, path, and treatment.

LESS IS MORE: Treating Aged Back Pain

Since researchers documented that with age comes fatty infiltration of paraspinal muscles and inflammatory responses in the disc, it makes sense that doing less if back surgery is performed would be sensible. A recent study wrote that the addition of fusion to a decompression back surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis increased the risk of new stenosis on an MRI two years later at the operated level or at an adjacent spinal level even when spondylolisthesis (a condition that one vertebra slipped on another one) was seen at surgery. (5) Less is more oftentimes when treating back pain. Gentler treatment can go far in reducing pain. That is the motto of the CTFDD treatment plan at The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR: gentle spinal manipulation, gentle exercise, etc.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Joseph Beissel on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates the relief with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for a patient with chronic low back pain.  

Schedule your Colorado Springs chiropractic appointment today. There’s no avoiding age or its accompanying pal, degeneration. If disc degeneration and spinal muscle degeneration are now your pals, trust The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR to get you all on a path of healing. 

 
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