Pain Management and Osteoporosis

What we are learning from the links between pain management and osteoporosis.

Pain Management and Osteoporosis

Pain Management and Osteoporosis. [© Aeolos – Fotolia.com]

Osteoporosis manifests itself for one or both of the following reasons: an individual is not putting enough load on the body, or, the individual is not absorbing enough nutrients and minerals into the body for use in building bone. Neither of the two reasons are necessarily affiliated with aging. For example a child who is not able to move and becomes bedridden cannot apply load to the body, therefore may have decreasing bone mass density. A nutrition example would be with a child or teenager that is anorexic. Anorexic children and teens do not get the proper minerals and vitamins to build appropriate levels of bone mass density, therefore become osteopenic or osteoporotic.

Younger people can recover from early age low bone mass density or osteoporosis easier than adults and the elderly because of their general ability to reengage the body, meaning both consume nutrients and exercise to the proper levels. Adults and elderly individuals can be more challenged when attempting to recondition bone, even if they can consume the proper nutrients. Some potential reasons for this being, lingering injuries that cause pain in movement, thereby disabling the individual from placing the proper load on the bone mass, as well as poor biomechanics, which can irritate joints. Any source of pain that is sensed in movement will inhibit movement and keep the individual from fully engaging the body. Pain management and osteoporosis need to be a part of the same conversation, so that individuals realize that the inability to move will accelerate the problem.

It is important for adults and the elderly to address biomechanics dysfunction as well as pain in joints that does not heal within a regular time period after injury. Small joint and bone injuries that linger can limit movement later in life if not addressed. This will disallow the proper engagement of the body when attempting to exercise or place load on the bone. Orthopedic surgeons, chiropractors, and sports scientists have been making these observations and have focused research on developing new technologies that aid in maintaining and further developing range of motion in movement. Therapists and chiropractors have added percussion, various types of muscle activation (Triggerpoint®, Active Release Technique®, muscle activation therapy), and top quality whole body vibration platforms, to address these range of motion and biomechanical dysfunction. If you suffer from poor range of motion, constant pain in joints, or poor biomechanical function, find a therapist or biomechanics therapy specialist can assist in reconditioning from these dysfunctions.

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