The adult human skeleton is made up of 206 bones. Bones, though hard, are actually living tissue. This means there are things we can do to maintain the health of our bones and things that can damage them.
Osteoporosis is a progressive condition that affects the bones. It can cause severe pain and can limit a person’s daily activities. While it is irreversible, there are a variety of ways that this condition can be treated including through the use of chiropractic care.
In this article, we will explain how osteoporosis can affect a person’s life and how regular visits to a chiropractor can help relieve some of those effects.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a chronic condition that decreases a person’s bone strength. A normal human bone looks like a honeycomb when viewed under a microscope, meaning there are some gaps in the bone itself. When a person develops osteoporosis, these holes get bigger, causing your bones to become weaker and more prone to fractures.
In the United States, it is estimated that 10 million people aged 50 or older have osteoporosis. While most of these people are women, there are about 2 million men who have the condition as well. Additionally, there are about 43 million people who have low bone density, which makes them more at risk for osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis often occurs in women after menopause when their bodies produce less estrogen. Other risk factors for osteoporosis include calcium deficiencies, thyroid issues, and steroid use. Those with cancer, celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and inflammatory bowel disease (IBS) also have an increased chance of developing osteoporosis.
How is Osteoporosis Treated?
While there are dietary changes and medications that can help someone deal with the effects of osteoporosis, the good news is that chiropractic care can also be an effective treatment.
One side effect osteoporosis patients have is that they have a limited range of motion. This can be because of the condition itself or from the normal aging process. Spinal manipulation by a chiropractor can help restore joint mobility, allowing patients to move better thereby reducing the risk of falls that cause fractures to their weaker bones.
Chiropractic treatments are also helpful in restorative care as they can help your body with its natural healing process. Since bones are living tissues, they are constantly being broken down and then restored by cells called osteoblasts. During a chiropractic adjustment, these cells are stimulated and help reinforce the bones.
A chiropractor’s holistic approach to wellness can help a patient find relief from some of the more painful effects of osteoporosis.
What to Expect at Your Visit
If you have osteoporosis, it’s important to coordinate your care with your primary care physician and all other people you may see for treatment to ensure everyone is aware of what is best for you and your body.
On your first visit to the chiropractor’s office, the chiropractor will discuss with you your medical and treatment history and conduct a thorough physical exam. The information gained from these will help them create a treatment plan that incorporates a variety of therapies that are safe and appropriate for you.
If your osteoporosis is more advanced, your chiropractor will use a gentle approach to help relieve some of your symptoms and discomfort. Your treatment should be completely customized based on how advanced your condition is.
Chiropractic care has a variety of methods that can help alleviate symptoms and promote bone strength. If you have osteoporosis and you’re interested in discussing how chiropractic care can help you, contact one of our professionals today at South Orange Chiropractic Center. Our team has years of experience and expertise to help you find relief, no matter how advanced your condition.