If you suspect that you have osteoporosis (or even osteopenia), you may be concerned about visiting a chiropractor for your headaches, neck or back pain. While chiropractic adjustments are in no way a treatment for osteoporosis, having this condition does not stop you from visiting a chiropractor.
Is it safe to have chiropractic adjustments if you have osteoporosis?
Patients with this common condition are often hesitant to try spinal manipulation, but it may provide some well-deserved relief. Every individual has different needs, but generally, chiropractic care is a safe, beneficial treatment option for osteoporosis.
What can you not do with osteopenia?
- not getting enough calcium and vitamin D.
- drinking too much alcohol.
- using certain medications, such as corticosteroids and anticonvulsants.
- not getting enough weight-bearing exercise (at least 30 minutes on most days).
What kind of doctor treats osteopenia?
Which types of specialists treat osteopenia? Osteopenia can be diagnosed and treated by many different medical specialists, including primary care providers (such as internists and family practitioners), rheumatologists, endocrinologists, and gynecologists.
How serious is osteopenia of the spine?
People who have osteopenia have a lower BMD than normal, but it’s not a disease. However, having osteopenia does increase your chances of developing osteoporosis. This bone disease causes fractures, stooped posture, and can lead to severe pain and loss of height.
What is the best exercise for osteoporosis?
Examples include walking, dancing, low-impact aerobics, elliptical training machines, stair climbing and gardening. These types of exercise work directly on the bones in your legs, hips and lower spine to slow mineral loss. They also provide cardiovascular benefits, which boost heart and circulatory system health.
How fast does osteopenia progress?
Median time of progression to osteopenia was almost 7 years, but in those patients with normal BMD but whose baseline minimum T score was in the “high-risk” tertile, this progression was much faster (<2 years). Similarly, osteopenia progressed to osteoporosis in a quarter of patients.
How do you prevent osteopenia from getting worse?
For people who have osteopenia, there are ways to manage this condition and lessen the symptoms.
- Increase calcium and vitamin D intake.
- Do not smoke.
- Limit alcohol intake.
- Limit caffeine intake.
- Take measures to prevent falling (with low bone density, falls can result in fractured or broken bones fairly easily)
What should I eat if I have osteopenia?
For strong bones, you need a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D.
- Dairy products such as yogurt, low-fat milk, and cheese.
- Green vegetables such as broccoli and collard greens.
- Sardines and salmon, with bones.
When should osteopenia be treated?
Drug treatment should then be considered in patients having osteoporosis and in patients with osteopenia when FRAX indicates a 10-year fracture probability of at least 3% for hip or at least 20% for major fractures .
How much vitamin D should I take for osteopenia?
Experts recommend 600 international units (IU) of vitamin D per day for adults up to age 70, and 800 IU for people 71 and older. If you’re not getting enough from sunlight and food, you may need to take a supplement.