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Specialized Physical Therapy and Osteoporosis


March 8, 2017

Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones that develops when the body doesn’t create enough bone, loses bone, or both. People with osteoporosis have weaker bones than most, and are at a high risk of sustaining breaks or fractures after an accident. In fact, it is estimated that one out of every two women and one out of every four men over the age of 50 will break a bone because of osteoporosis. See a physical therapist’s guide to osteoporosis. Luckily, specialized physical therapy can help these individuals manage this devastating condition. Here’s how:

Education

If you have recently been diagnosed with osteoporosis, you may be unsure of what to do next. A physical therapist can help you understand what osteoporosis is, how it affects your body, and what you need to do to protect yourself. Talking to a physical therapist is much better than doing your own research online because a physical therapist will be able to provide you with customized advice based on your condition.

Balance

Because people with osteoporosis are at a higher risk of breaking or fracturing bones, falls can be dangerous, especially for those over the age of 50. A physical therapist can help those with osteoporosis improve their balance with core strengthening exercises so they don’t have to worry about falling and seriously injuring themselves.

Weight-Bearing Exercises

Weight-bearing exercises can strengthen bones, which is something every patient with osteoporosis needs. But, trying these exercises at home can be intimidating—not to mention dangerous—so it’s best to have a physical therapist right by your side. Some examples of weight-bearing exercises that you may be asked to do include jogging, tennis, and stomping.

Resistance Exercises

Resistance training is another way to build bone strength, so this will also be incorporated into your physical therapy plan if you have osteoporosis. Physical therapists will have all the tools you need to perform resistance exercises, including resistance bands and small weights. As you move through the different exercises, a physical therapist can stand right next to you and correct your form to ensure you don’t injure yourself.

Back to Basics

When you have osteoporosis, you may find that certain everyday activities such as bending over or laying down lead to aches and pains. But, you don’t have to live your life in discomfort. A physical therapist can show you how to adjust your body to make yourself more comfortable. Some therapists may even visit your home to see if any changes need to be made in your environment. Learning the proper way to get through these daily activities will help you prevent serious, painful injuries down the road.

Do you suffer from osteoporosis? Physical therapy can help—even if you’ve never had an injury. At Cherry Creek Wellness Center, we’re devoted to helping patients of all ages recover from injuries and strengthen their bodies in a safe way. Are you interested in learning more about our services?  Contact us today by calling 303-333-3493 to talk to a member of our helpful staff!