This program emphasizes a comprehensive treatment strategy for both men and women who have been diagnosed with osteoporosis or osteopenia. After an initial evaluation by a physical therapist, patients will be seen for a series of visits in which the following topics will be addressed:
- Proper posture and body alignment
- Balance training
- Diet recommendations
- Specific exercise strategies to strengthen bone and muscles
According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, osteoporotic fractures are more common among women than heart attack, stroke and breast cancer combined, yet because the condition has no warning signs, few women with the condition are diagnosed or treated. Independent self-management is the ultimate goal, and is the key to a successful outcome.
This program is covered by most insurances.
How Can Physical Therapy Help Osteoporosis Sufferers?
People who are at risk of developing osteoporosis and those whose lives have already been affected by this medical condition may benefit from physical therapy. Our Physical Therapists are trained experts on preventing and treating osteoporosis. Physical therapy can help prevent osteoporosis as well as reduce falls and injuries for those diagnosed with the disease.
A physical therapist performs an evaluation and creates a personalized therapy plan and exercise program tailored to the age, physical condition and medical history of each patient focused on improving balance, flexibility, strength and coordination.
Therapy goals for preventing and treating osteoporosis include:
- Maintain or increase bone mass density
- Improve muscle strength, balance and cardiovascular fitness
- Improve posture
- Improve psychological well-being
- Prevent fractures
- Reduce falls
- Provide education
If you would like more information on living with osteoporosis, go to the National Osteoporosis Foundation.