Osteoporosis is a disease affecting bone density making them prone to fractures and breaks. The disease can cause bones to become porous and thinned out, weakening them over time. Although there are some medical treatments for osteoporosis, there are steps one can take to help reduce the chances of broken bones as one ages including physical therapy.
Physical therapy can help improve or maintain bone density in a number of ways including: helping develop a personalized exercise program, improving muscle strength and posture, and conditioning to improve balance to help prevent a fall.
Some are at higher risk for osteoporosis, including age, family history, smaller framed females, hormone imbalances, diet/nutrition, sedentary lifestyle, steroids, certain medications, smoking and more.
Along with medical management, physical therapy plan is an excellent part of a long-term strategy for treating osteoporosis.