Did you know your bones are alive? Bones are made of living, breathing cells growing tissue. Throughout life you will continue to lose bone and make new bone. After age 30, your bone loss actually speeds up. As you continue to age, you can end up losing more bone than you’re forming. Osteoporosis happens when you lose too much bone or make too little bone or both.
Many people have osteoporosis and don’t even know it. Osteoporosis occurs gradually over time without symptoms, leaving it commonly known as “The Silent Disease”. It is estimated that approximately 54 million Americans have osteoporosis or low bone density, accounting for nearly two million broken bones every year.
Prevention & Healthy Living
Keeping your bones healthy to prevent osteoporosis is important at all ages – young and old. There’s a lot you can do to protect your bones such as exercise, nutrition and early testing.
Exercise Regularly – High and low-impact weight bearing exercises can help you build and maintain bone density. Weight bearing exercises will create more tension on your muscles. This extra tension will put more pressure on your bones, which will then lead to more “new bone” production (i.e. strengthening bones).
- High-impact exercises: tennis, dancing, hiking, jumping rope, jogging, etc.
- Low-impact exercises: walking, stair-step machines, cycling, etc.
Eat Well – Avoiding smoking and excess drinking, along with a diet rich in calcium, vitamin D, and lot of fruits and vegetables can help keep your bones strong.
Get Tested – A Bone Mineral Density Test can be done to measure the mineral content in your bones. The heel of your foot is often tested because it is similar to that of the hip (a common bone to break due to osteoporosis). Based on the results of the test, you and your doctor can determine if additional tests are appropriate and if any lifestyle changes or treatment measures should be taken.
Therapy Can Help
Therapy can help prevent osteoporosis and improve overall bone health. There is no cure for osteoporosis, however there are steps you can take to slow or stop the progress. A physical therapist can design an exercise program to benefit bone health that is focused on improving posture, stability and balance. Physical Therapy can also help before and after a fracture. If you are living with osteoporosis, speak with your doctor to see if a therapy treatment plan could benefit you.
For more information about therapy services, contact the team at HTS Therapy.