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What is Sarcopenia and How Can It Be Treated?

What is Sarcopenia and How Can It Be Treated?

Sarcopenia is an age-related problem marked by the reduction of skeletal muscle mass and muscular function. Although it is extremely common, especially in older individuals, sarcopenia can be very dangerous and may lead to serious, lasting injuries. Some individuals may be affected by sarcopenia as early as age 40, though the risk of developing this condition increases over time. Luckily, this condition can be treated and improved with proper guidance.

Due to the inherent nature of our muscular systems, sarcopenia can be very dangerous. As our muscles begin to lose mass, muscle mobility and strength are likely to decline rapidly. This can cause frailty, resulting in a higher likelihood of falls and other mishaps that could result in bone breaks and serious injuries.

While sarcopenia is primarily the result of the aging process, it can also be caused by inactivity. If your muscles are rarely used or exercised, they can begin to lose mass significantly, resulting in a variety of health issues. However, sarcopenia is typically found in individuals aged 75 and older.

If you begin to notice a loss of muscle mass, there are a number of treatments and therapies available to prevent and treat sarcopenia. One of the primary treatments is exercise. Regular exercise can build up tired, decreasing muscles, especially strength training and resistance training. Increasing your intake of antioxidants and dietary proteins can also help treat and prevent sarcopenia.

At Georgia Accident Rehab Centers, our doctor and staff are trained to help individuals suffering from a variety of injuries and issues, including those affecting the skeletal muscles. We provide accident rehab services and other types of physical therapy and chiropractic care to patients throughout Georgia, including those in Cobb, Marietta, and Smyrna.

Contact Georgia Accident Rehab Centers to book an appointment today.


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