What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a common condition as people age and tends to affect more men than women over the age of 40. Osteoporosis is a thinning of the bones due to the change in calcium depositing and uptake. As we age, this cycle tends to take out more calcium than is put into our bones. Common areas for osteoporosis are in the spine and hips.

Osteoporosis makes people more susceptible to fractures from ordinary activities The most common type of fracture due to osteoporosis is a compression fracture. A lot can be done to address osteoporosis and improve bone strength such as resistance exercises, medication, a good walking program, and proper nutrition.

How physical therapy helps:

Since strengthening is a critical part of osteoporosis management, physical therapists are experts in preparing a coordinated, easy-to-do exercise program. Often, people with osteoporosis will also have limited spinal and hip movement, which increases the stresses on bones. Physical therapists are experts at treating these limitations and restoring your body to a more optimum state.

We work in conjunction with your doctor to create a program specific to you, with a focus on strength, flexibility and injury prevention. Call Bay State Physical Therapy today to discover how we can help your osteoporosis!