March 10, 2015

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

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

Fortunately it is a rare occurrence, but pregnancy- and lactation-associated osteoporosis occurs. Johnson Chiropractic closely watches our Richmond pregnant patients or women in postpartum period to see if they develop persistent 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. Johnson 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 Johnson Chiropractic. You will be examined carefully and treated gently. Our other Richmond 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 Johnson Chiropractic for some advice to fend off its effects.  Exercise, nutrition, and chiropractic treatment may be part of the treatment plan.

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