Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis can cause pain, heartache and severely limit your daily activities, especially if it becomes severe. The good news is that you can prevent it from becoming severe.

Osteoporosis is a condition where the bones become weak and thin. It is characterized by low bone mass and structural deterioration of bone tissue, causing bone fragility and an increased likelihood of fracture.

Unfortunately, you cannot feel your bones getting weaker. Often, osteoporosis is diagnosed in patients when x-rays are taken in a chiropractic clinic. Most people are unaware that they have osteoporosis until they fracture a bone. Osteoporosis sufferers can fracture a bone from a minor fall, or in serious cases, from a simple action such as a sneeze.

Women are more likely to develop osteoporosis than men. Older adult are more likely than younger. Those who are small and thin tend to suffer from osteoporosis more than those who are large and robust. There is also a genetic predisposition.

Although there is no cure for osteoporosis, it can be treated in a variety of ways. There is a range of drug treatments available for post-menopausal osteoporosis. Maintaining a healthy diet and active lifestyle will help prevent osteoporosis. Regular weight-bearing exercise is the best way and it is never too late to start. If you have already been diagnosed with osteoporosis, you will need to be careful of vigorous, high impact exercise.

Though osteoporosis is incurable, chiropractors are able to reduce some of the symptoms, particularly relating to spinal compression fractures and offer important advice to help prevent further fractures and loss of bone density. It is never too late to improve your bone density, so don't delay making an appointment with a chiropractic clinic.

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