Throughout our lifetime, our bones consistently change in response to how we use our bodies. As we age, hormones, nutrient levels, lifestyle choices, and other factors affect our bone health.
Osteoporosis is a common condition that occurs when the development of new bone does not keep up with the loss of old bone. As a result, the bones become weak and brittle. Osteoporosis can result in loss of height, a stooped posture, or bone that breaks more easily.
Along with other medical interventions, working with a physical therapist at Performance Therapies can be beneficial for those with or at risk of developing osteoporosis.
Physical therapy interventions address the following areas:
As muscle strength improves, the bones underneath them respond to the added stress and become stronger. Likewise, as a muscle loses strength, the bone also weakens. In physical therapy, we will help prescribe safe and effective strength training and weight-bearing activities that help promote bone mass.
Tight muscles can limit normal alignment and place extra strain on your bones that may be detrimental to your bone health. In physical therapy, we will show you personalized stretches that decrease pressure on your bones, as well as improve your overall mobility and posture.
Due to the higher risk of fracture, it is important that those with osteoporosis avoid falls. Improving your overall balance under the guidance of a physical therapist can help you move more efficiently and reduce your chance of falling.
A stooped, or kyphotic posture, is commonly seen with osteoporosis due to spinal changes. Safe body mechanics and good posture with daily activities play a vital role in safely managing osteoporosis. Understanding movements and positions to avoid can be just as important. Avoiding high impact and bending and twisting activities can help protect your spine and decrease the injury risk in those with osteoporosis. In physical therapy, we will help you learn exercises that promote and reinforce proper alignment.
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If you suffer from or believe you are at risk of developing Osteoporosis, contact Performance Therapies to schedule an appointment with one of our Physical Therapists.