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Osteoporosis Treatment in Waterloo

Treat Osteoporosis Naturally & Keep Bone Loss at Bay

woman on fancy couch with back painHave you experienced a change in posture, loss of height, lower back pain, or bone fractures? If yes, you may have osteoporosis, a disease that weakens bones.

This condition often affects older adults, mostly females. With osteoporosis, a person’s bone density has decreased and their bones become fragile, which increases the risk of fracture and other injuries.

What Are the Main Causes?

While osteoporosis is a natural process of aging, different things like hormonal changes as we age, and decreased activity levels can cause it. Genetic factors, smoking, alcohol consumption, certain medications, and not getting enough vitamin D and calcium can also contribute to osteoporosis.

How Is Osteoporosis Diagnosed?

To diagnose osteoporosis, a doctor looks at the natural bell curve of the population and everyone’s individual bone density. Then they take the standard deviations from the mean. To qualify for osteoporosis, you must be 2.5 standard deviations less than the mean.

Anything less than 2.5 standard deviations from the mean qualifies as osteoporosis. And anything under 1 standard deviation from the mean qualifies as osteopenia, which is also decreased bone density, but not as severe as osteoporosis.

How to Maintain Critical Bone Density

Do weight-bearing activities

These include walking, squatting, lunges, and push-ups, which can be beneficial for maintaining bone density.

Stay mobile

Movement is critical when it comes to enjoying a healthy lifestyle. For adults who have been sedentary and want to be more active, we recommend starting with a very light walking program. You can start gradually-even something as simple as a 5-minute walk, and then increase by a few minutes a day.

Walking is one of the major exercises that can increase bone density, because being in that weight-bearing position can help increase bone density. You can do simple body-weight exercises, like sit-to-stand, which involves standing up from a chair and lowering yourself back down.

Other helpful exercises include doing push-ups on your countertop, and climbing stairs. These simple exercises can be done around the home and can be a very easy way to start being more active.

Get enough D & calcium

To keep your bones strong, ensure you get enough vitamin D and calcium, whether through food sources or supplements, and maintain your protein intake.

How We May Help You

The practitioners at Dearborn Health take an individual approach, which involves a thorough assessment to identify if there are areas where there’s been previous injuries or other specific areas where there’s been bone density losses.

As part of your assessment, we’ll consider your previous conditions, your current activity levels, and previous experience with exercise to come up with an individualized program for you that focuses on weight-bearing exercises. Your tailored program can address your bone density loss, and any other injuries or conditions that you might want to work on.

Book an Appointment

Whether you’ve been diagnosed with osteoporosis or want to prevent it, we want to help you. Call us today to schedule an appointment.


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