Bone health, including osteoporosis prevention, is critical in the management of scoliosis
The importance of building strong bones is something health experts preach from birth. Whether it’s drinking more milk, or as you get older, scheduling time for strength-training each week, health professionals continue to stress the importance of maintaining healthy bones.
When you have scoliosis, the importance of bone health, growth, and development cannot be overstated. Adolescents and adults with scoliosis need to monitor this critical piece of health information throughout their lives, and especially as they age.
But how do you know if your bones are healthy and strong? If your bones are weak, how does that affect your scoliosis? What about osteoporosis? And, most importantly, what can you do to improve your bone health?
As an adult living with scoliosis, you have a lot on your mind, and bone health may not be your top concern – if it’s not broken, why fix it, right? But bone health is imperative, especially when you have scoliosis, and especially as you age. Scoliosis bone health testing can predict the possible onset of osteoporosis, age-related curve progression, or for teens, poor bone quality during adolescent growth.
Utilizing the latest research and all-natural supplements, the dedicated doctors at ScoliSMART have developed an easy and uncomplicated way for you to both test and manage your bone health. The really good news? It can be done from the comfort of your couch.
Why should you care about bone health?
Research indicates that bone health and maintenance are key factors in maintaining a healthy spine and preventing curve progression for both children and adults with scoliosis. Age-related curve progression for adults is a common concern. “I don’t want to be hunched over like my mom,” is a phrase heard from many adults, especially as they age. In addition, the latest research states that “lower bone density in children with idiopathic scoliosis is directly associated with higher curve severity. This risk persists even into adulthood.” (Bone. 2020 Apr;133:115217.) Curve progression (in both kids and adults) is related to genetic variants and hormone imbalance. Women with scoliosis are especially at risk, as declining bone health with age often leads to fractures, but also spinal curve progression requiring surgical intervention.
As you age, unfortunately, you’ve got a few things working against you and your scoliosis condition as it relates to bone health. Changing hormones, specifically, your levels of estrogen and testosterone can directly affect your bone mass and bone density. When you have scoliosis, hormone changes not only affect bone health by decreasing their strength, but your hormone fluctuations can also contribute to age-related curve progression.
Bone health is important for kids with scoliosis as well. Growth spurts in kids lead to dis-coordinated skeletal and central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) growth. Poor bone development in adolescents and lack of bone health maintenance in adults also contribute to the development of osteopenia and osteoporosis.
According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, “Osteoporosis is a bone disease that occurs when the body loses too much bone, makes too little bone, or both. As a result, bones become weak and may break from a fall or, in serious cases, from sneezing or minor bumps.” And while there is not a direct cause-and-effect link between scoliosis and osteoporosis, maintaining proper bone health is an essential preventative measure as you age – both for your scoliosis, and to further prevent osteoporosis.
What choice do you have?
Thankfully, hormone and bone health testing are available and can provide results specific to your scoliosis condition. Taken from the comfort of your home, a self-collected urine sample collection test can accurately determine the rate of bone breakdown versus bone re-building. Once complete, the experts at ScoliSMART provide personalized, scoliosis-specific information based on your test results.
Bone health supplementation that focuses on maintaining bone density and preventing loss of bone mass is a simple solution to ensure your bones stay healthy. In a recent study, ScoliSMART doctor Mark Morningstar found that participating in a ScoliSMART BootCamp, followed by bone health supplementation worked to prevent further bone mass and density loss for people with scoliosis. Dr. Morningstar talks further about osteoporosis and scoliosis in this blog post, highlighting the importance of testing and supplementation to prevent the onset of osteoporosis.
Nutrient therapy that focuses on bone health is critical. ScoliSMART provides a 100% natural, safe, and effective nutritional supplement specifically for patients who have scoliosis, to be used to maintain normal bone metabolism and health. These nutrient therapies are inexpensive, convenient, and may prevent or significantly delay the onset of osteoporosis. And many times, improvements in bone health can be seen in as little as four months.
Bone health is key to building a spine that will last a lifetime. When you partner with the experts at ScoliSMART, you can trust that they are providing you with the latest information based on rigorous research, and a passion for innovation that guides their recommendations. Scoliosis is a lifelong journey, and ensuring bone health is an important part of that journey. The experts at ScoliSMART are dedicated to providing the latest innovation, information, support, and encouragement to help you become stronger than scoliosis.