Osteoporosis and Chiropractic Care

Osteoporosis—a disease in which bones become brittle or break easily—can be treated with chiropractic care. But how does chiropractic affect bone health? This article walks you through osteoporosis and chiropractic care.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help Treat Osteoporosis?
Chiropractors commonly treat patients who have nervous system disorders and musculoskeletal disorders, such as osteoporosis. Having osteoporosis can put you at greater risk of breaking a bone. In fact, the first sign of osteoporosis for many people is a broken bone, which often causes intense pain. Common places for fractures to occur include the hip, spine, and wrist.
Therapist reading his notes with his patient in medical office.By using a non-surgical, hands-on approach to treatment, chiropractors can help prevent osteoporosis from getting worse as well as treat an osteoporosis-related injury.Common treatments a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) uses include adjustments (spinal manipulation), relaxation techniques, rehabilitative exercises, and counseling about nutrition and dietary supplements. These techniques can help increase mobility and range of motion, which may help protect you from falling, a common cause of spinal compression fractures.

But What Type of Chiropractic Care Will You Need to Treat Osteoporosis?
That depends on your age and how advanced your osteoporosis is—for example, a post-menopausal woman with osteoporosis may benefit from bone-building exercises and dietary supplements (eg, calcium and vitamin D to build bone). Your chiropractic care plan with be tailored to your needs.

Should You See a Chiropractor for Osteoporosis?
If you’ve been diagnosed with osteoporosis and/or have suffered a spinal fracture, it is important to coordinate your care with your primary care physician (PCP), orthopaedist and/or other medical professional involved in your osteoporosis care.

At your initial visit to your chiropractor's office, the chiropractor performs a physical exam, and he or she may order imaging tests, such as x-rays. From there, your chiropractor will develop a treatment plan for you—one that may incorporate a variety of chiropractic therapies.

If your osteoporosis is advanced, your chiropractor will use a gentle approach, such as soft tissue techniques, to address your pain and other symptoms.

How to Choose a Chiropractor for Osteoporosis
Ask your PCP, family members, and friends for chiropractor recommendations. You'll want to find a chiropractor who has current experience treating patients with osteoporosis. You can also visit a chiropractor's website to check his or her credentials, and do research online to see other patients' feedback on the chiropractor. Asking your chiropractor questions before starting services is also a good idea.

Updated on: 08/07/18
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