According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, one in two women and one in four men age 50 and older will suffer an osteoporosis-related fracture. Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass and structural deterioration of bone tissue, leading to weak and brittle bones. Breaking a bone is serious, especially when you’re older and broken bones can cause severe pain.
How Can Therapy Help Bone Health?
Physical therapy can help manage & prevent osteoporosis as well as reduce falls and injuries for those diagnosed with the disease. Based on a thorough assessment of your posture, balance, strength and flexibility, a physical therapist will work one-on-one with you to target your specific areas of weakness. Also, an occupational therapist will work with you to evaluate your lifestyle, home environment and activities of daily living to ensure you can safely do all the things that you want and need to do.
Therapy goals for preventing and treating osteoporosis include:
- Maintain or increase bone mass density using exercise
- Improve muscle strength, balance and cardiovascular fitness
- Improve posture
- Improve psychological well-being
- Prevent fractures
- Reduce falls
- Provide education
References: National Osteoporosis Foundation