Can a Patient with Osteoporosis Enjoy Chiropractic Care?

What is osteoporosis?

The body constantly absorbs and replaces bone tissue. With osteoporosis, new bone creation doesn’t keep up with the old bone removal. It is a bone condition in which the honey-comb like structure of the bones becomes sparse, causing the bones become too brittle to stand falls and in severe conditions, even a sneeze. Many people have no symptoms until they have a bone fracture, most common in the vertebra, wrist and hip. Osteoporosis is a painful and critical condition that must be treated with utmost care. Treatment includes a healthy diet and weight- bearing exercise to help strengthening weak bones and preventing excess bone loss. Chiropractic care is also beneficial to assist the relief of various pains associated with osteoporosis.

Yes, we can help you even you have Osteoporosis, we are able to vary our techniques so there are no risks to your bones.

How are Osteoporosis and Chiropractic Treatment Related?

Osteoporosis is a musculoskeletal condition and chiropractors help patients with neural and musculoskeletal disorders. The significant effect of osteoporosis is putting the patient at a higher risk of fracturing bones. The initial indication of osteoporosis for majority of people is the fracture of bone which causes intense pain. Patients have a higher risk of fracturing their hips, spine and wrist. Chiropractic care will assist heal and repair a bone fracture (using low level laser therapy and bracing). In fact, chiropractors provide relaxation procedures, rehabilitating training, nutritional counselling and dietary supplements. These methods can help patient regain mobility and range of motion. Chiropractors also give tips on how to maintain a good posture so the patient can prevent fall accidents, a common cause of spinal compression fractures.

What type of chiropractic care will you need to treat osteoporosis?

Depending on your age and the progression of your osteoporosis. For example, a post-menopausal women may benefit from dietary supplements and bone- building exercises. Chiropractors tailor make your treatment plan according to your daily lifestyle and your needs.

The following treatments and modalities are used in treating people with osteoporosis:

  • Chiropractic gentle spinal mobilisation for restricted joints to restore range of motion and provide pain relief
  • Electrotherapy to reduce inflammation and promote healing
  • Soft tissue therapy to promote blood flow and release active trigger points
  • Flexion distraction to reduce disc pressure and reduce pressure on lumbar nerves
  • Home exercises to heal bones
  • Low level laser to repair bones and connective tissue
  • Dietary advice
  • Strapping or bracing

Should you see a chiropractor for osteoporosis?

At your initial visit to a chiropractor, the chiropractor performs a physical exam and he/she might order imaging tests such as X-rays. From there, your chiropractor will tailor make a treatment plan for you 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. This depends on the severity of the condition and the age of the patient.

Our chiropractors at Lakeside Chiropractic assist you with pain associated with osteoporosis. Lakeside Chiropractic is central to Perth’s northern suburbs in Joondalup including Kingsley, Woodvale, Heathridge, Yanchep, Clarkson, Jindalee, Leederville, Mullaloo, Sorrento, Padbury, Currambine and Hillary’s and is located in the centre of Joondalup on 3/45 Central Walk.

We have a HICAPS terminal on site which means you can claim direct from your health fund on the day of your treatment. We are a Medibank and BUPA preferred provider but we are also able to process claims from HBF, HIF, CU Health, health.com.au, ahm, Defence and Australian Unity Health. If your fund is not listed, please feel free to ask one of our friendly staff members. Here at Lakeside Chiropractic our staff are fully trained and regularly see visitors who they are able to successfully treat and improve posture and jaw pain. Please call us on 9300 0095 or on the website www.lakesidechiro.com.au via the Book Online Now tab.

Reference

The role of chiropractic in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of osteoporosis - ScienceDirect

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