Rickets is a common childhood bone problem. The word comes from a word that means to twist. Later, the word rickets was adopted, referring to the spinal column. The bone is so fragile that it can cause fractures and bone deformities in rickets. The reason children are more prone to rickets is because they are more likely to experience severe and prolonged malnutrition.
Rickets can also occur in adults if proper treatment is not provided.
Rickets sometimes occur in children with certain medical conditions, such as liver or kidney disease. Symptoms of rickets include bone pain and skeletal deformities such as bowlegs, pigeon chest, lumps in the chest, skull deformity, spinal or pelvic deformities, increased susceptibility to fractures, and dental problems. Children with rickets may have delayed tooth formation, tooth malformations, and increased susceptibility to caries. Some children with rickets may experience decreased muscle tone, weakness, and slower growth than their peers.
Rickets is primarily associated with a lack of vitamin D. Vitamin D helps maintain regular calcium and phosphorus levels. Proper absorption of vitamin D is essential for good bone structure. Vitamin D deficiency causes rickets and can cause other illnesses such as the flu, respiratory diseases, and damage to the parathyroid gland. Recent studies show that rickets is closely related to cardiovascular diseases.
In addition to vitamin D deficiency, rickets can also be caused by calcium deficiency, which is common in adults. There are no specific symptoms of rickets, as they can also be a manifestation of another disease. Signs and symptoms of rickets include soft bones causing severe pain, uncontrollable muscle pain, skeletal deformities such as discolored knees, and enlarged wrists, to name just a few.
Rickets is of different types. The types of rickets are nutritional rickets caused by malnutrition, vitamin D-resistant rickets, usually a vitamin D deficiency, and congenital rickets inherited from your relatives. However, this disease is not classified as malignant if attention is not paid to symptoms correctly. It could lead to a more serious bone problem that will eventually affect your daily life.
Look at the food pyramid; it will help you choose the right foods for your daily meal. Also, make sure you have a supplement that provides you with vitamin D, calcium, and phosphorus. To learn more about this disease, contact your doctor today. However, if you already suffer from bone pain, go to your trusted osteopath because they can help you diagnose and treat the bone pain you may be suffering from.