Osteoporosis is difficult to spell and pronounce but an even tougher condition to endure. Osteoporosis is the weakening and thinning of bones and can drastically reduce the quality of life for sufferers, who are more prone to fractures thanks to the compromised nature of their bones.
Unfortunately, osteoporosis is a fact of life for many older citizens. An estimated 75 million people will suffer from it in the United States, Europe and Japan alone. In addition, 1 in 6 women will suffer a hip fracture related at least somewhat to osteoporosis while 30 percent of men 50 years of age and older will endure a osteoporosis-caused hip fracture.
For those who do not suffer fractures, the symptoms of osteoporosis can linger and result in long-lasting and frustrating pain. Osteoporosis sufferers grow further annoyed by the difficulty in finding reliable osteopenia treatment. Too much of the traditional treatment for osteoporosis is trial and error and results in little to no long-term relief.
However, one treatment for osteoporosis that can yield positive results for patients is chiropractic care. In addition to relieving the symptoms of osteoporosis, chiropractors can help identify the causes of osteoporosis and help sufferers manage the pain moving forward. Here are some commonly asked questions about chiropractic treatment and osteoporosis.
—Can chiropractic care cure osteoporosis? Unfortunately, there is no cure for osteoporosis, which is a degenerative disease that can begin affecting a patient beyond his or her 35th birthday. Prior to that point, the human body regularly makes new bone while breaking down old bone. As we get older, though, that process begins to decelerate and the body makes less bone than it loses. Unfortunately for most people, osteoporosis does not appear until a serious injury or fracture is suffered. It is with that in mind that you must ask…
—…is it safe? Chiropractic care for treatment of osteoporosis is much safer when there is not a fracture involved. Therefore, it is essential that a chiropractor administer bone scans, X-rays and/or MDTs (mineral density tests) to a new patient who suspects he or she has osteoporosis. If the results come back revealing “only” osteoporosis, then chiropractic treatment is advisable. But patients who have fractures or bone diseases may not be strong enough to endure chiropractic treatment and we can discuss other options.
—For those who can handle it, what are the benefits of chiropractic treatment for osteoporosis? Chiropractors can address the symptoms of osteoporosis in a number of ways, including ice therapy, electro-muscle stimulation, orthopedic support and physical therapy that strengthens ligaments and muscles around the spine. Our treatment can relieve the pain generated by osteoporosis while also protecting patients from possible fractures by improving balance, muscle tone, range of motion and joint mobility.
—Further treatment for osteoporosis includes setting up a diet that will improve bone density via specific foods and vitamin supplements as well as recommending exercises that will strengthen the affected areas while avoiding the type of stress and strains that can further weaken or fracture the bones.