The old saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” is relevant when it comes to broken bones and healing – especially as we age.
A broken bone doesn’t heal as quickly when we are 50 as it did when we were 20. This is because of age, but also because of the physical changes that affect the skeletal system, such as osteoarthritis or osteoporosis.
Patients with osteoporosis are often more prone to fractures of the hip, spine and wrist. According to the American Chiropractic Association, “half of all women and a quarter of men older than 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis.”
Lifestyle choices, such as inactivity, smoking, using alcohol in excess or a poor diet, also contributes to the risk of osteoporosis. Chiropractic care can help patients alter those life habits and improve chances for a better healing outcome after a fracture.
Aging also impacts the immune system and can disrupt the body’s normal inflammatory response to healing. This means an elderly person who falls could have a more serious bone fracture, such as a broken hip.
How Chiropractic Care Helps With The Healing Process
Chiropractic care can help as you heal and recover from a bone fracture. As chiropractors, we evaluate and test a patient’s bone density, and create an individualized plan to help regain and maintain optimal bone strength.
Manipulation treatments (also known as adjustments), along with rehabilitation, relaxation techniques, and nutritional and dietary supplement counseling are some common techniques used to help our patients heal faster and their body and bones become stronger.
Our focus is to help you and your broken bone heal well through increased mobility and range of motion.
Not only can these treatments help in your recovery – they are preventive in nature by strengthening your muscles, reducing stiffness, improving nutrition and reducing pain. Other benefits to chiropractic care after a bone fracture are:
- Reducing risk of future fractures
- Increased strength, balance, agility and flexibility
Women Have Their Own Unique Considerations
Women are more prone to losing bone density and strength that can factor into an increased risk for a bone fracture. This is especially true after a woman goes through menopause. Chiropractic manipulation, corrective exercise, and nutritional counseling help a woman’s body function and heal better. This helps the healing process after breaking a bone, but also serves as a preventive measure for later in life.
After The Fracture …
At Live Well Chiropractic Center, we help you heal from a fracture by relieving your pain, stabilizing your spine and joints, and creating a personalized wellness program. We are committed to keeping you healthy and your body stronger. With regular maintenance and adjustments, you will be at a lower risk for fractures. Contact us at 513-285-7482 to schedule an appointment. For more tips and our latest updates, be sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.