Treat Your Osteoporosis Symptoms with Physical Therapy
Are you experiencing a thinning of your bones, due to osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is a common condition that more frequently affects women, especially after the age of 40. In fact, 80% of osteoarthritis diagnoses are for women.
The meaning of osteoporosis translates to “porous bones,” as this condition causes bones that were once strong to become frail and fragile. This occurs when the bones are no longer able to hold as much calcium, which is an important mineral that keeps bones strong. As more calcium is released from the bones than what is put in, it is important to keep problem areas strong, especially the larger joints of the body including back, shoulders, and hips.
If you are suffering from osteoporosis, you are at a higher risk of developing fractures from ordinary, everyday activities. When osteoporosis affects the back, it can result in a compression fracture that may lead to the crumbling of bone. This can make daily life increasingly difficult, as you may not be able to move around as freely as you used to.
Fortunately, physical therapy can help strengthen those problem areas so you can reclaim your life. Contact Total Function Physical Therapy PC today to find out how our physical therapy services can benefit you!
Physical therapy and osteoporosis:
Many of the issues surrounding osteoporosis can be addressed through strengthening exercises, a good walking program, proper nutrition, and/or medication as needed.
Since strengthening is a critical part of osteoporosis management, physical therapy is a highly effective method of treatment. Our physical therapists are experts in preparing coordinated, easy-to-do exercise programs to target specific osteoporotic areas.
It is common that people living with osteoporosis will have limited back, shoulder, and hip movement, which increases the stress on bones. Our physical therapist will determine the best course of treatment for you, to address these limitations and restore your body to its optimum state of function.
Physical therapy treatments for osteoporosis will include progressive stretches and strengthening exercises to help mobilize and strengthen the affected areas. Our physical therapist will also focus on postural improvement to decrease stress on certain areas, as well as nutritional education to add more calcium and bone-strengthening foods into your diet. Additional methods and modalities may be included as needed, at the discretion of your physical therapist.
At Total Function Physical Therapy PC, we work in conjunction with your doctor to determine the most appropriate and effective treatment plan for you, in order to ensure you are on the best path toward stronger bones and healthier life.