As you age, bones can become weak and brittle. When this bone loss becomes significant enough to put you at risk of having a fracture from something as simple as coughing, you may have a condition known as osteoporosis. Osteoporosis can happen to anyone, but it is most common in women who have already gone through menopause.
Osteoporosis occurs when the creation of new bone tissue cannot keep up with the destruction of the old bone tissue. Eventually the bones become more porous and weak and cannot support your frame like they used to.
There are several steps you can take to help keep your bones strong before osteoporosis sets hold:
- Exercise regularly and add strength training if your doctor says it’s okay
- Eat sufficient calcium from natural sources like green leafy vegetables
- Discontinue using tobacco products
- Drink alcohol only in moderation
While you are younger, taking steps to increase your bone density can decrease your chance of having osteoporosis as well as make you healthier overall.
For patients who already have osteoporosis, spinal adjustments are not an option due to the frailty of the skeletal system. Instead, we can help you with exercise and nutritional counseling to manage your condition and prevent further bone loss.