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Pregnancy- Related Osteoporosis Affects the Spine

“Mommy.” A beautiful word to a mother’s ear!

Pregnancy is a marvelous time of life for most women and their families. And the changes their bodies and spines go through are amazing and beautiful. McHenry pregnant women are usually radiant! Strangely, though, some of the changes may also affect her body after the baby delivers like osteoporosis. Spengel Chiropractic sees many pregnant women throughout their pregnancies. Some have back pain or leg pain; some just appreciate the gentle McHenry chiropractic treatment to keep them feeling good and alleviate any pregnancy-related back pain they may experience. Either way, Spengel Chiropractic enjoys caring for pregnant women

Fortunately it is a rare occurrence, but pregnancy- and lactation-associated osteoporosis occurs. Spengel Chiropractic closely watches our McHenry pregnant patients or women in postpartum period to see if they develop continuous back pain, especially if they have risk factors or secondary causes of osteoporosis. What comes of pregnancy-associated-osteoporosis? Vertebral fractures. (1)

A new case report offers hope for conservative care of vertebral fractures. A woman with seven vertebral compression fractures was treated conservatively with strontium ranelate and supplementation of calcium and cholecalciferol. (2) 7 fractures! Wow. This treatment combination quickly restored the bone mineral density value in this case. Imagine if you have just one fracture! 

Vertebral fractures as a result of osteoporosis - pregnancy-associated or lactation-related or genetically-linked - are not to be taken lightly. Spengel Chiropractic is the chiropractic healthcare provider to trust to find and/or manage their healing. So if you are pregnant and experience back pain, contact Spengel Chiropractic. You will be examined carefully and treated gently. Our other McHenry pregnant ladies so appreciate the gentle stretching we can achieve with Cox Technic, even in the later months of pregnancy. If you are pregnant and have a family history of osteoporosis, contact Spengel Chiropractic for some advice to protect against its effects.  Exercise, nutrition, and chiropractic treatment may be part of the treatment plan.

Spengel Chiropractic look forward to hearing from our McHenry pregnant patients before, during and after their pregnancies. Taking care of “mommy” is important for everyone!

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