The musculoskeletal system allows the various muscle groups to surround the bones and joints through ligaments and muscle tissues that help with mobility and stabilizes the skeletal structure from pain. As the body ages naturally, the muscles, bones, and joints get affected as numerous factors begin to cause the body to be dysfunctional. Many of these factors could take a toll on the body and cause bone mass density loss, leading to osteoporosis. A person experiencing osteoporosis can generate overlapping risk profiles affecting the body’s muscles and joints, leading to painful symptoms. Today’s article looks at osteoporosis, how it affects the muscles and joints, and how numerous treatments can help reduce osteoporosis symptoms. We utilize information about our patients to certified medical providers using MET therapy to mitigate the effects of osteoporosis on the musculoskeletal system. We encourage patients by referring them to associated medical providers based on their diagnosis while supporting that education is a remarkable way to ask our providers the most interesting and essential questions at the patient’s acknowledgment. Dr. Alex Jimenez, D.C., comprises this information as an educational service. Disclaimer
What Is Osteoporosis?
If you’ve been experiencing severe back or hip pain or struggling to breathe, you may be experiencing osteoporosis. This condition causes bones to become porous, making them brittle and weak, and it affects around 200 million people worldwide, with women being more commonly affected than men, as studies revealed. Many risk factors can cause bones to deteriorate quickly and become weaker, leading to an increased risk of fragility, fracture, and muscle and joint pain. Additional studies have revealed that some risk factors that can lead to osteoporosis development include:
- Metabolic syndrome
Osteoporosis can often go undetected for a long time, with individuals only noticing symptoms such as a forward-curved upper back or a broken bone.
Osteoporosis Affecting The Muscles & Joints
Osteoporosis can affect the body’s bones, muscles, and joints, especially major skeletal portions like the spine, hips, wrists, and shoulders. Studies have shown that individuals with or without trauma can experience symptoms like pain due to osteoporosis caused by hormone deficiency. “Clinical Applications of Neuromuscular Techniques” by Dr. Leon Chaitow, N.D., D.O., and Dr. Judith Walker DeLany, L.M.T., explain that bone density can decrease when bone resorption happens faster than bone formation. This decrease in bone density could lead to joint fractures and cause musculoskeletal disorders that affect a person’s stability and mobility, leading to complaints in the upper and lower body extremities.
An Overview Of Osteoporosis-Video
Are you experiencing pain in your arms or legs? Do your joints ache more than usual or do you have persistent back pain? These symptoms are often associated with osteoporosis, a chronic condition where bones become weak and brittle due to fractures or trauma. Osteoporosis can go undetected for an extended time, and when it affects bone density, it can also impact surrounding muscles and joints, leading to various musculoskeletal conditions. The video above explains osteoporosis, including risk factors and treatment options such as chiropractic care to reduce its effects.
Treatments To Reduce Osteoporosis Symptoms
If you risk developing osteoporosis, it’s best to consult your primary doctor for confirmation. Once confirmed, you have several options for your next steps, such as incorporating exercises, vitamins, minerals, and supplements for bone health, lifestyle changes, and utilizing treatments like MET therapy or chiropractic treatments. MET therapy can help restore bone density and promote a mindful approach to one’s body and lifestyle when combined with proper nutrition and exercise. Studies show that individuals with osteoporosis can use MET therapy to reduce pain and improve range of motion in affected joints. Pain specialists often use MET to stretch and shorten muscles to help restore the body to normal.
Osteoporosis is a chronic silent disease that affects the bones silently, causing pain and correlating with numerous factors that can increase its progression. When bones become porous, weak, and brittle, it can lead to pain-like symptoms in the musculoskeletal system. This can cause chronic issues that misalign the body, leading to mobility and stability problems. Fortunately, numerous ways exist to prevent and reduce the effects of osteoporosis. Some effective measures include incorporating vitamins and supplements for bone health, exercising for 30 minutes to an hour, and getting MET therapy to restore the body’s range of motion. These small changes can greatly impact an individual’s health and wellness journey.
Chaitow, Leon, and Judith Walker DeLany. Clinical Applications of Neuromuscular Techniques. Churchill Livingstone, 2003.
Porter, Joann L, and Matthew Varacallo. “Osteoporosis.” In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL), 4 Sept. 2022, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK441901/.
Pouresmaeili, Farkhondeh, et al. “A Comprehensive Overview on Osteoporosis and Its Risk Factors.” Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management, 6 Nov. 2018, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6225907/.
Sözen, Tümay, et al. “An Overview and Management of Osteoporosis.” European Journal of Rheumatology, Mar. 2017, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5335887/.
Thomas, Ewan, et al. “The Efficacy of Muscle Energy Techniques in Symptomatic and Asymptomatic Subjects: A Systematic Review.” Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, 27 Aug. 2019, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6710873/.
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