Low Back Pain? Could Be a Sign of Low Bone Density

Do you suffer from lower back pain?  You are certainly not alone!  More than 90% of Americans complain of lower back pain at some point in their lives – and it is actually the second most common health problem after the ‘common cold’.  Low back pain is typically thought to be a problem of the joints, ligaments and muscles.  But did you know low back pain is also a signal of low bone density?

Men, especially, need to be concerned about their bone density and take proactive measures as soon a possible – studies show a link between low bone density and low back pain in men in their late 30’s and early 40’s.  Additional studies have found that athletes with low bone density are more likely to have injuries than those with good bones.

Low bone mass is a risk factor for osteoporosis. Most men don’t think they are at risk for osteoporosis but one in five men will have a fracture after the age of fifty because of osteoporosis.  Being proactive about your bone density will not only relieve some lower back pain, but may prevent a serious bone injury from happening in the future.

The relationship between low back pain and low bone density can quickly escalate if the degree of bone loss declines to the point of fracture.  In normal, healthy adults, a compression fracture in the lower back is probably the result of a trauma, fall, or other serious injury. But for those with osteoporosis, something as simple as a hard cough or sneezing while tying shoelaces can result in sudden and severe back pain. For men and women, there are two things you can start doing today to improve your bone density: exercise and better nutrition.

Exercises can be very helpful for people with low back pain because they can improve flexibility and muscle strength. Exercises can also help build bone density so don’t forget to do resistance exercises. A good exercise to help bone density in the lower back are “plank exercises” This is basically taking the position for a push-up and holding it to strengthen the back. Beginners can start with their knees on the ground until their strength improves. These are very good for back and core strength. If you want to build upper body strength, then go ahead and do some push-ups, but just staying in the push-up position is good for your back.

Silical™ System*: Vitamin D deficiency is common in people with low back pain and in those with other areas of pain in their bones and joints. But vitamin D deficiency is usually a sign that you are deficient in other bone building nutrients as well – all of which are needed in specific formulation to build bone strength and resilience. Silicon, for example, is a breakthrough nutrient that’s been the focus of much research in the last ten years. Silicon improves the collagen structure of bone, skin, and nails. Silicon in bone also helps attract calcium to the bone, which improve bone density. Believe it or not, beer is a source of organic silicon, and beer-drinking women actually have higher bone density!  Obviously beer is not the best source of this nutrient, but whole grains, oatmeal and green beans are, as well as adding Silical™ System to bring you to the daily recommended about for better bone health.  Vitamin K2 is also important for bone toughness because it helps bind the calcium to the bone proteins.

If your back pain is already bad enough that you need surgery, you should probably load up on vitamin D and other vitamins that assist in the bone healing and repairing process. It’s difficult to get enough of these essential nutrients from foods alone, especially after surgery, so adding a nutritional supplement is vital. Silical™ Boost is the only product that’s specifically formulated to help support bone health after orthopedic surgery or fractures.

The big takeaway from all this is if you’re experiencing low back pain, it might be a bone problem and not just a joint problem. Make sure you’re taking care of your bone density in addition to your joint health, by maintaining a comprehensive exercise, diet, and supplement program.

*Adequate calcium and vitamin D, throughout life, as part of a well-balanced diet, may reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

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