Chiropractics & Degenerative Bone Disorders
Millions of Americans suffer from bone disorders such as osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. Many older women are at risk for these diseases, due to a lack of estrogen after menopause. These disorders cause the bones to decrease in mass and density, leading to an increased risk of fracture or other injury. For those suffering with these debilitating conditions, life is literally like walking on eggshells. Patients will these diseases often rely on medication, supplements, and taking steps carefully in order to protect themselves against fractures.
Chiropractic care is another way to treat these bone disorders, and is natural and non-invasive. Chiropractors focus on the spine and the nervous system within it. Regular adjustments of the spine have been shown to help prevent early onset of osteoporosis. This can be especially helpful for people who are already at risk of developing the condition. The chiropractor may also recommend certain stretches or exercises in order to maintain strength and flexibility. These exercises can be done at home or in the doctor’s office.
For patients already experiencing one of these degenerative bone disorders, chiropractic may be able to help with pain management as well as slowing down the disorder before it is out of control. The chiropractor will gently manipulate the spine in order to correct and misalignments and relieve nerve pressure. Doing so will get the circulatory system pumping, and boost the immune system. In addition, the chiropractor may recommend additional therapies such as electric muscle stimulation. As mentioned previously, exercises and stretches will probably be included in the treatment plan, depending on the patient’s unique needs.
Chiropractors also recommend that those suffering from osteoporosis or osteoarthritis or that are risk should also monitor their food intake to ensure they are getting proper minerals and vitamins. Calcium and vitamin D are often recommended to strengthen bones, and the chiropractor can help patients choose the right foods to help stay on track and keep their bones healthy.