What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is when bones that were once strong become weak and fragile. It affects an estimated 28 million men and women over the age of 50. Eighty percent of these cases are women.
It is a disease in which bones become fragile and more likely to break. If not prevented or if left untreated, osteoporosis can progress painlessly until a bone breaks. These broken bones, also known as fractures, occur typically in the hip, spine, and wrist.
Any bone can be affected, but of special concern are fractures of the hip and spine. A hip fracture almost always requires hospitalization and major surgery. It can impair a person’s ability to walk unassisted and may cause prolonged or permanent disability or even death. Spinal or vertebral fractures also have serious consequences, including loss of height, severe back pain, and deformity.
Bones are living organisms that renew and destroy themselves. Your bones reach their peak in your late teens and early 20’s. Between the ages of 30-50, they begin to lose mass more quickly than the body can replenish. For women undergoing menopause, the problem is accelerated because of diminishing levels of estrogen.
Are you at risk for Osteoporosis?
A “yes” to any of the follow, suggests you may be at risk for developing osteoporosis.
How can I prevent Osteoporosis?
EXERCISE! Weight-bearing and strength training are essential in prevention and treatment. It helps improve balance, which makes you less likely to suffer a fracture from an unexpected fall, and helps build your bones to make them stronger and more resilient.
Practice good posture and body mechanics. While these things can’t prevent the disease, they can help minimize the effects.
Take calcium. This is one of the most important ways to help prevent osteoporosis. Calcium is found in dairy products and in some dark green vegetables like broccoli and kale. You can also take calcium supplements to compensate for what may be missing in your diet.
Lifestyle. Many factors can harm your bone mass and make you more at risk for developing osteoporosis. Some examples are : excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, too much caffeine, and taking certain drugs.
Get tested. Have a bone density test and take medication when appropriate.
Physical therapy can help!
The goal is to restore mobility, function, strength, and confidence. Physical therapy can help by designing a treatment plan to help with the prevention of osteoporosis.
Aquamed Dry Hydrotherapy
ATM (Acute Therapeutic Movement)
Integrative Dry Needling