May is Osteoporosis Awareness Month

The Doctors of Back To Action are not only concerned about the alignment of bones but also the overall  health of bone as well.

Because the month of May has been assigned as Osteoporosis Awareness Month, the Doctors would like to provide information on osteoporosis, what it is and what are some of the signs and how to ultimately prevent it.

Osteoporosis, or porous bone, is a disease characterized by low bone mass and structural deterioration of bone tissue, leading to bone fragility and an increased susceptibility to fractures, especially of the hip, spine and wrist, although any bone can be affected.

In simpler terms, osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become weak and can break from a minor fall or, in serious cases, from a simple action such as a sneeze.

Prevention

* About 85-90% of adult bone mass is acquired by age 18 in girls and 20 in boys. Building strong bones during childhood and adolescence can help to prevent osteoporosis later in life.

* Together, the following five steps can optimize bone health and help prevent
osteoporosis:
o Get the daily recommended amounts of calcium and vitamin D
o Engage in regular weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercise
o Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol
o Talk to your healthcare provider about bone health
o Have a bone density test and take medication when appropriate
* A study of disease management in a rural healthcare population demonstrated that a preventive program was able to reduce hip fractures and save money.

Symptoms

* People cannot feel their bones getting weaker. They may not know that they have osteoporosis until they break a bone. A person with osteoporosis can fracture a bone from a minor fall, or in serious cases, from a simple action such as a sneeze or even spontaneously.
* Vertebral (spinal) fractures may initially be felt or seen in the form of severe back pain, loss of height, or spinal deformities such as kyphosis or stooped posture. In many cases, a vertebral fracture can even occur with no pain.
* Women can lose up to 20 percent of their bone mass in the five to seven years after menopause, making them more susceptible to osteoporosis.

Back To Action Chiropractic is at the forefront of detection and prevention of osteoporosis.  The clinic is equipped with the GE Achilles Express which reports a comparison of bone quality, regardless of age, to that of an average healthy young adult.  The results are 90% accurate and the machine is safe, convenient and affordable.

Back To Action Chiropractic is offering a $30 bone density check-up.  Call (425) 670-2600 to schedule today.

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