Osteoporosis and Chiropractic
Osteoporosis is a condition in which too little bone is made, too much bone is destroyed, or both. This causes your bone density to decrease, meaning that your bones end up lacking the strength needed to support normal daily activities the way they used to. This condition usually occurs as we age, with elderly individuals being most affected demographic. Other risk factors include prolonged steroid use and some other medications, menopause, lack of exercise, and poor diet. Females are also more likely to be affected than men. Consequences and potential complications of osteoporosis may include increased risk of fractures, commonly in the hip and the vertebrae of the spine. This can lead to further complications and injuries, including increased risk for disability due to fractures and resulting surgeries. Osteoporosis develops as a result of lifestyle changes and age, as mentioned previously. There are a number of dietary changes and lifestyle changes that can be implemented in order to prevent the onset and progression of this disease process. Diagnosis can be done by performing a bone density test. This test is similar to an x-ray. This will be able to show your doctor whether or not you are affected with the condition by showing where and if your bones are thinner than they should be.
So what does osteoporosis have to do with chiropractic? Well, at our Daytona Beach office, we have a number of resources available to help you manage your condition and also help you take steps to prevent the onset of osteoporosis. One of the number one ways in which you can prevent the onset of this illness and maintain your normal bone density is through exercise. If you already have a diagnosis of osteoporosis, it is very important to seek the advice of a professional before picking up a new exercise routine. Because of the decrease in bone density, a patient with osteoporosis is more prone to fractures and therefore, performing an exercise improperly, or at too great an intensity, could result in serious injury. Even if you have not been diagnosed with osteoporosis but feel you may be at risk, schedule an appointment with your chiropractor or primary care physician to find out. Ask your chiropractor or primary care doctor if you may be at risk for this condition. Detecting it early can help you take steps to prevent the condition from worsening and also potentially prevent painful, debilitating fractures or other injuries from taking place. If would like to find out more about what you can do to prevent the onset of osteoporosis, our friendly staff at our Daytona Beach office will be more than happy to assist you.
Dr. Alesha Fleming
Natural Health and Wellness Chiropractic, LLC
Daytona Beach, FL
Dr. Fleming is a family chiropractor in Daytona Beach, Florida. She is passionate about preventative health care and nutrition and enjoys empowering her patients to improve their health and fitness, one day at a time!