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I went to a traumalogist because I had a pain on my shoulder due to doing calisthenics. He noticed that I have a pronounced spinal curvature. The thing is that he discovered that I have something called "Scheuermann disease". He wanted to make sure that my curvature was not caused by something else other than Scheuermann, ergo, he ordered the bone density test. I don't have microfractures or anything on my spine. Recently I had another bone density test in another center and it showed totally different results. I only have mild osteopenia on my lumbar spine. My hips are totally ok. Weird.
[QUOTE=robertozg3;5412237] Recently I had another bone density test in another center and it showed totally different results. I only have mild osteopenia on my lumbar spine. My hips are totally ok. Weird.[/QUOTE]

In case you might not know, the reason you got totally different results is because not all testing equipment is made by the same manufacturer, and different manufacturers have their own "calibrations" (or whatever you would call it). So, yes, you can have osteopenia on one test and be totally okay on another test. Therefore, it pays to shop around for the best results. ;)

I had a pain in my shoulder once because I bumped into the sharp corner of a wall; I was walking fast and lost my balance. It never occurred to me that I should see my doctor because I didn't break a bone. It only hurt if I made a sudden, fast, downward movement of my arm. It was a terrible pain but I just decided not to make any sudden moves. I figured it would heal on its own if I gave it enough time. Well, it took a little over a year but it did heal, just as I thought.

In time, I'm sure you will be able to do calisthenics again. In the mean time, do whatever you can. During the time I was waiting for my shoulder to heal, I could lift a ten pound weight to maintain muscle. I just had to be careful not to make any sudden downward movement.

Other than weight bearing exercise, the best thing you can do to maintain good bone health is maintain a healthy alkaline diet. An alkaline diet consists mostly of whole plant foods as opposed to an acidic diet high in animal protein and highly processed foods.

The reason, as I have read many times, is that your body will draw calcium from your bones to neutralize the acidity. So you will very gradually lose bone by eating acid-forming foods. It seems strange but that's the way it has been explained. Two exceptions are tomatoes and lemons: They are acidic but metabolize as alkaline.

In general, all animal protein is acidic, and that includes dairy. So it's a better idea to get calcium from dark leafy greens, and there are many kinds to choose from. Also, in general, processed foods are acidic.





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