Onset of osteoporosis, and osteopenia, can have a devastating impact on the joints and vertebrae. Chiropractic treatments may be an effective way to cope with the pain associated with osteoporosis. Through gentle manipulation of the soft tissues, a chiropractor may be able to help stop the advancement of osteoporosis and patients may avoid serious injury associated with this disease.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a gradual disintegration of bones, this is due to a calcium deficiency. Osteopenia is a predecessor to osteoporosis, when bones are thinning, osteoporosis is the condition once the bones have hit a critical thinned point. Since the condition is gradual, and this thinning occurs over an extended period of time, catching this disease early, while in the osteopenia phase, can make a huge difference on individual outcome.
What Causes Osteoporosis?
The overall deficiency in calcium may be caused by an inability to absorb calcium due to smoking or alcohol consumption, both of which interfere with this absorption. Other factors such as, stress, diabetes, menopause, lack of exercise, and even chronic overuse of laxatives have been associated with osteopenia and osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis causes the loss of mass and density in bones, making them highly susceptible to fractures. If the bones in your spine become weak and spongy, your spine gradually compresses, sometimes impinging nerves and causing pain and other problems. Additionally, the spinal compression affects internal organs, leading to other problems. People with advanced osteoporosis sometimes take on a hunchback shape.
Women who smoke are at a significantly higher risk of having osteoporosis than any other demographic because long-term smoking causes a decrease in the body’s estrogen levels. Spinal osteoporosis is hard to spot in its early stages. In advanced stages, people complain of chronic pain, loss of mobility, and shorter or humped-over stature.
Having a full evaluation by a trained practitioner, such as Dr. Jo Briggs in Las Vegas, can be the key to long term success from this disease.