Chiropractic Treatment To Prevent Osteoporosis St Paul MN

Osteoporosis is a disease of low bone mass and reduced bone strength that affects 10 million Americans over the age of 50. Another 34 million have decreased bone mass (osteopenia) that puts them at risk for osteoporosis.

Each year fractures related to osteoporosis will affect more women than heart attacks, strokes, breast cancer, uterine, ovarian and cervical cancer combined. One in three women and one in four men will have an osteoporosis related fracture in their lifetime. Over 14 billion dollars are spent yearly in the U.S. on medical, hospital, nursing home care and lost productivity from osteoporotic fractures.

Unfortunately, most people have no obvious symptoms of osteoporosis until the disease progresses to more advanced stages. For this reason, osteoporosis is often referred to as a “silent” disease. Perhaps when you think of osteoporosis you think of an older woman who seems to have shrunk over time. This physical change may be one of the most visible effects of osteoporosis. Unfortunately, by the time osteoporosis effects are visible, the condition has advanced dramatically.

The Burden Of Bone Disease

The U.S. Surgeon General issues first ever report on nation’s bone health

A landmark report released in October 2004 by the Surgeon General of the United States, forcefully brings to the attention of the American people the serious public health crisis created by osteoporosis and related fractures.

Startling facts from the U.S. Surgeon General’s report

The Surgeon General warns that by 2020, half of all American citizens older than 50 will be at risk for fractures from osteoporosis and low bone mass if no immediate action is taken by individuals at risk, doctors, health systems, and policymakers. U.S. statistics also show:

  • Each year, roughly 1.5 million people suffer a bone fracture related to osteoporosis.
  • About 20% of senior citizens who suffer a hip fracture die within a year of fracture.
  • About 20% of individuals with a hip fracture end up in a nursing home within a year. Hip fractures account for 300,000 hospitalizations each year.
  • The direct care costs for osteoporotic fractures alone are already up to $18 billion each year. That number is expected to increase if action to prevent osteoporosis is not taken now.

Read the full report:

Burden of Bone Disease-Surgeon General Report

Prevention – Why Healthy Living is Important

Thirty years ago, most people thought osteoporosis and the broken bones it can cause were a part of normal aging. That view has changed. Researchers today know a lot about how you can protect your bones throughout your life.

Today’s medical wisdom recognizes that bone-thinning disease as both preventable and treatable.  The best way to address osteoporosis is to prevent bone loss. To do this, you can change some of your risk factors.

We have learned that living healthy, getting enough calcium, vitamin D and regular exercise are important for your bones. Eating fruits and vegetables is also good for bone health. On the other hand, eating poorly, smoking, drinking too much alcohol or not exercising can cause bone loss and osteoporosis.

You’re never too young or too old to improve the health of your bones. Osteoporosis prevention should begin in childhood. But it shouldn’t stop there. Whatever your age, the habits you adopt now can affect your bone health for the rest of your life. Now is the time to take action.

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Chiropractic Care and Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is something that can cause pain, heartache and severely limit your daily activities, especially if it becomes severe. The good news is that you can prevent it from becoming severe.

One good thing is that you can still receive chiropractic treatment despite having osteoporosis. They can modify the treatment but there is always a chiropractic treatment method that will suit you.  Talk to your St Paul MN Chiropractor about ways to improve the health of your bones.