Osteoporosis TreatmentPhysical Therapy for Osteoporosis
What Exactly is Osteoporosis?
According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, osteoporosis is a bone disease that results in the loss of bone, poor production of bone or a combination of the two. Those with osteoporosis are vulnerable to bone breaks because their bones lack strength and durability. With this condition, minor falls could result in significant injuries which can be extremely painful and difficult to recover from.
What Causes Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis can be brought on by a multitude of factors, or simply due to genetics. Biologically, as people age, bone renewal decreases substantially and for those with other risk factors for bone loss, the result later in life may very well be osteoporosis. Risk factors for osteoporosis include poor dietary habits, age, sex, race, family history, and various lifestyle choices to name a few.
How is Osteoporosis Treated?
There is no cure for osteoporosis, however there are many viable treatment options available for those suffering from this ailment. The most popular and effective treatment options are physical therapy, lifestyle changes and medication. The Mayo Clinic reports that physical therapy can increase your bone health and help prevent bone fractures from occurring. Here at New Heights Physical Therapy, we have many years of extensive experience helping those suffering with the consequences of this disease. Depending on your situation, we may work in conjunction with your physician to ensure maximum treatment benefit.
What Kind of Physical Therapy is Used to Treat Osteoporosis?
The National Osteoporosis Foundation encourages those with this disease to seek out physical therapy and exercise in addition to other treatment options. It is extremely important to consult a highly trained physical therapist with experience working with people with osteoporosis before beginning any physical therapy or exercise routine. Failure to consult a trained professional can result in additional bone injury and extreme pain. It is necessary to have a complete physical evaluation and to work with a licensed professional to ensure your physical therapy regiment is effectively helping and not hurting your condition. Physical therapy may include stretching, high or low impact weight bearing exercises, muscle strengthening exercises, balance exercises, posture exercises and functional exercises.
Here at New Heights Physical Therapy we are committed to professional and compassionate osteoporosis treatment. We fully understand the daily challenges associated with this disease, and we are here to help you in any way we can. We are confident that with our support, you will be better equipped to deal with the barriers associated with having osteoporosis and will enjoy the benefits of increased bone health.