Chiropractic Osteoporosis Treatment St Paul MN
Osteoporosis is a disease that causes your spine, hip, and wrist to be more susceptible to fractures and breaks. It develops when decreased bone density makes bones weaker and more fragile. So fragile, in fact, that a break can occur from an event as innocent as a bump. It is estimated that 50% of women and one in five men over 50 years old will have a fracture or broken bone from osteoporosis in their lifetime— and they should not be taken lightly.
They are extremely painful and can land you in the hospital looking at major surgery, which may take months to recover from. Worse yet, complications from osteoporotic breaks can be debilitating and life threatening. Bone deterioration occurs so gradually that most people are unaware of their fragility until a fracture or break occurs. By then, the disease is already in an advanced state.
Osteoporosis is a “silent disease” because typically you do not have symptoms until the later stages. As the disease progresses, you may develop symptoms related to weakened bones, including:
- Back pain
- Loss of height and stooped posture
- A curved backbone (dowager’s hump)
- Fractures that may occur with a minor injury, especially of the hip, spine, or wrist
- Neck pain due to fractures of the spinal bones
But how do you know whether you’ll develop osteoporosis?
The most common risk factor is age. Both men and women over the age of 60 are at risk for osteoporosis, but women are at higher risk earlier in life than men are. This is mainly because once women go through menopause, their estrogen levels drop–and estrogen is a hormone that protects against bone loss.
Osteoporotic or fragility fractures are extremely common (8), more common than heart Attack (9), stroke (9) and breast cancer (10) combined. At least one in three women and one in five men will suffer from an osteoporotic fracture during their lifetime (11).
You are also at higher risk for developing osteoporosis if you have family members who have the disease, are taking corticosteroid medications over a long period of time, or you have rheumatoid arthritis, a vitamin D deficiency, an eating disorder, or a low body mass index.
Smoking tobacco and drinking excessively can also put you at risk for osteoporosis.
There is no way to say whether or not you will develop osteoporosis but this doesn’t mean that the only recourse is to hope for the best. It is never too late to take action against bone loss and make your future as fracture-free as possible.
How Is Osteoporosis Treated?
The process of bone thinning is a natural part of aging. But osteoporosis is a serious disease, not just a normal part of aging.
However, you can slow or delay osteoporosis with healthy lifestyle habits, such as not smoking, getting enough calcium and vitamin D, and getting regular exercise, which helps build and strengthen your bones.
Chiropractors take a very different approach than that taken by medical doctors. We try to persuade people that preventing disease from happening is remarkably more beneficial than treating it after it occurs. You will feel better, you will have more energy and you will increase your quality of life by optimizing the health of your body.
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.
People suffering from this silent disease can benefit greatly through Chiropractic Treatment of Osteoporosis.
How Can Your Chiropractor Help?
Chiropractors, by the nature of their work, can detect the earliest degenerative changes in the joints. They see the impact of degenerative changes in the spine, as well as in the hips, knees, and other weight-bearing joints. Chiropractors are also trained to relieve the pain and improve joint function through natural therapies, such as chiropractic manipulation, trigger-point therapy, or some massage techniques.
Chiropractors can provide exercise counseling, helping you choose exercises that are best for you. If a sore or swollen joint prevents you from exercising, talk to your St Paul MN Chiropractor about other drug-free pain-relief options. In addition, your chiropractor can help you choose proper supplements that play important roles in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.