Naturally, the bones are designed to break down and renew over time. Osteoporosis makes the process harder, causing bones to become weak and brittle. In people with this condition, mild stress of any kind to the body can lead to bone fracture. Osteoporosis or bone thinning affects men and women, but 80% of Americans with the condition are women.
Causes of Osteoporosis
Menopause, smoking, and a low body mass index are common risk factors for osteoporosis in women. However, there are other factors that can determine your overall bone health in the future. These include hormonal levels in adolescence, nutrition in earlier life, as well as exercise.
Bone weakness may not be completely reversed in women diagnosed with osteoporosis, but physical therapy can help to slow the progression of the condition and prevent bone fractures. Here at Oklahoma Physical Therapy, we have specialists that are experienced in providing therapy solutions for osteoporosis. We will help you manage osteoporosis better and avoid the risk of complications.
How Physical Therapy Can Treat Osteoporosis
Physical therapists will treat osteoporosis by doing all or some of the following:
- Creating a comprehensive exercise program designed to strengthen the bones and muscles and reducing the risk of injury.
- Teaching the right body movement for bending, lifting, and other body activities to avoid compression fracture in the spine.
- Developing a program to complement your balance and reduce the risk of falling.
- Preventing the onset or worsening of a forward-stopped posture.
- Creating an exercise regime that you can follow at home easily to help you manage the osteoporosis on your own.
All our consultation sessions begin with an evaluation of your balance, mobility, posture, and strength. This will guide us towards creating a unique program for you. To book a consultation session and get started on your way to better management of osteoporosis, get in touch with our women’s therapy specialist in Oklahoma today.