Osteoporosis is the progressive loss of bone density. It is the most common type of bone disease and more common in women than men. The risk for developing osteoporosis increases with age. Progression of the disease can be altered with exercise, diet, and medication.
Physical Therapy Treatments for Osteoporosis
Physical therapy treatment for osteoporosis is designed to strengthen supporting structures surrounding the bones and decrease the likelihood of bone fractures, and may include:
◊ Weight Training
◊ Weight Bearing Endurance Activities
◊ Balance Training
◊ Postural Retraining
◊ Stretching and Strengthening of the Core
◊ Active Bracing
◊ Body Mechanics Training
Reducing the risk of falls also reduces the risk of fractures due to osteoporosis and is a part of physical therapy treatment programs at BT&W.