Osteoporosis

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Osteoporosis has grown to be a widespread disease throughout the United States. Being one of the most commonly seen bone diseases, osteoporosis could cause fatal fractures, and approximately ten million people are victims of this condition- most of them female. Osteoporosis is the cause of over 1.5 million bone fractures every year. Unfortunately, low bone mass is becoming significantly more common, which puts people at a greater risk of fostering osteoporosis.

Luckily, osteoporosis is easily avoidable by having bone density screenings. Typically, a screening should be performed every two years, particularly for people who have high risk of developing this disease. This helps to determine if the patient is developing osteoporosis before a fracture occurs. High risk factors include:

  • Being female

  • Experiencing menopause

  • Having a small frame

  • Not getting enough exercise

  • Smoking

  • Being of Caucasian or Asian descent

  • Having hormonal imbalances

  • Consuming more than two alcoholic beverages daily

  • Consuming excessive amounts of caffeine

Chiropractors can assist patients with osteoporosis by offering tips such as exercising regularly. This aids in restoring and strengthening your bones. However, if the patient has a fracture they must consult with a doctor prior to beginning an exercise regimen. Chiropractors recommend exercises such as:

  • Jogging

  • Stair climbing

  • Aerobics

  • Dancing

These exercises help to increase the patient’s stability and flexibility. By using them, falling and fractures can be prevented. Resistance training is used to strengthen the bones, which is crucial in avoiding osteoporosis.

Chiropractic care also offers other forms of treatment to their osteoporosis patients such as:

  • Nutritional guidance

  • Calcium and Vitamin D supplements

  • Healing/resting exercises

  • Adjustments/Spinal manipulation for pain relief