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Osteoporosis: Can I Go To A Chiropractor?

Apr 27, 2023
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Chiropractic care can be safe for patients with osteoporosis, as long as the chiropractor takes precautions to protect the patient's fragile bones. The chiropractor may use Cox Technic, avoid forceful manipulation, and recommend supportive therapies

Osteoporosis is a condition characterized by weak, brittle bones that are more susceptible to fractures. It is a common condition that affects millions of people, especially postmenopausal women over the age of 50. One of the most common types of fractures associated with osteoporosis is an L1 vertebral compression fracture. These compression fractures can be very painful and can significantly impact a person's quality of life. Fortunately, there are treatments available to help relieve the pain associated with these fractures, including Cox Technic spinal decompression treatment.

Osteoporotic and traumatic vertebral compression fractures occur when the vertebrae in the spine become compressed or collapsed. This can happen gradually over time as a result of osteoporosis, spontaneously without apparent cause, or can occur suddenly due to a fall or other injury. Symptoms of vertebral compression fractures can include back pain, referred back pain in the leg, radicular pain into the anterior thigh, radicular pain into the groin and inguinal areas, numbness, tingling, loss of strength, difficulty standing or walking, and a hunched posture.

Cox Technic spinal decompression treatment is a non-surgical treatment option that can be used to help relieve the pain associated with vertebral compression fractures. During spinal decompression therapy, a traction device is used to gently decompress the spine. This helps to relieve pressure on the affected area, which can reduce pain and inflammation.

Cox Technic spinal decompression treatment at Iowa Chiropractic Clinic & Sports Injuries including chiropractic offices located in Ankeny, Altoona, and Grimes, Iowa. The specialized chiropractic spinal decompression treatment typically lasts between 10-15 minutes and requires several sessions to achieve maximum results and allows for optimal recovery. During the treatment, the patient lies on a table while the traction device is applied to the spine. The device gently decompresses the spine in a rhythmical motion that is both painless and pain relieving.

In addition to spinal decompression therapy, there are other treatments available for lumbar vertebral compression fractures. These can include pain medication, bracing, MLS laser therapy, physiotherapy, rehabilitation, ice, and rest. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to repair the fracture or stabilize the spine.

If you are experiencing back pain or suspect you may have a vertebral compression fracture, it is important to seek chiropractic attention. Our chiropractors at Iowa Chiropractic Clinic & Sports Injuries located in Ankeny, Grimes, and Altoona, Iowa can help to determine the cause of your symptoms and develop a treatment plan that is right for you. With proper treatment, most people are able to manage their symptoms and return to their normal activities.