The Spinal Symptoms of Paget’s Disease
Following osteoporosis, Paget’s disease is the most common bone disorder specifically affecting the spine. This condition involves cells that don’t function properly, thereby enlarging and deforming bones and making them more fragile. It’s an ailment that often affects the spine’s vertebrae, causing all sorts of problems for sufferers. Ultimately, the symptoms of Paget’s disease can make completing basic daily tasks difficult for those working against it.
The biggest obstacle facing those with Paget’s is a propensity to suffer from vertebral fractures and compression. When these bones are unable to handle the task of being the central support system for the body, they develop fissures. Worse still, the disease weakens the body’s ability to replace bone density, making it harder to overcome injuries.
Chiropractic approaches Paget’s disease in much the same way as osteoporosis. At Posture Works in Denver, CO and San Francisco, CA, we strive to identify bone density issues in our patients, so we can properly address spinal adjustments without putting further stress on already-weakened vertebrae.
Symptoms and causes of Paget’s disease
This condition begins with dysfunction in bone cells: osteoblasts and osteoclasts. The cellular work done at the bone level is important because bones should be constantly regenerating and strengthening. Paget’s disease involves the breakdown of bone cells at too fast a rate, leading to improper replacement of new cells.
This condition manifests in those 55 or older, but can take root decades earlier with almost no symptoms. As a person ages, their symptoms become chronic and more pronounced:
- Greater risk of bone fractures;
- Spinal compression caused by spinal stenosis;
- Back pain;
- Neck pain;
- Bladder troubles.
The cause of this condition is not yet known, but medical researchers speculate it may be linked to genetics or a product of specific infections. What is known, is that it often leads to spinal compression and related nerve pain in addition to bone-related issues.
Chiropractic as a management tool
As is the case with osteoporosis, chiropractic can be an effective treatment for relieving the symptoms of Paget’s disease. Spinal decompression and resetting lumbar vertebrae, specifically. When administered by way of a low-velocity technique, chiropractic adjustments can affect change in spinal alignment without upsetting the often-delicate nature of vertebrae.
Unlike over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), chiropractic is a natural approach to healing with few side effects. It’s also far less invasive and expensive as compared to spinal fusion surgery, which can be recommended for Paget’s sufferers who have recurring vertebral fractures. Chiropractic opts for a long-term approach to managing wellness, since Paget’s is a degenerative condition that cannot be cured.
Seek immediate help for bone density issues
Even in your later years, loss of bone density and vertebral fractures are a signal that something is wrong. You could be living with osteoporosis or Paget’s disease. Either way, you need to seek chiropractic assistance in managing these conditions.
The team at Posture Works in San Francisco, CA and Denver, CO will assist you in developing a balanced treatment plan, to address your unique situation and symptoms. Through Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), we’re able to tailor our treatment around your body, specifically avoiding causing undue duress to your already weakened vertebrae.
Schedule a free consultation with us today to learn more about Paget’s disease or to inquire about the effects of bone density loss.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.