Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bone to weaken to the extent where fractures are likely. Normal bone is constantly being built up and broken down. When not enough bone is built or too much has broken down, Osteoporosis is the result.

More than 25 million American’s have Osteoporosis. Approximately 250,000 hip fractures occur every year because of bone thinning and are three times more common in women than in men. One third of all women over the age of 50 will have broken bones in the spine due to Osteoporosis.

Factors that contribute to Osteoporosis may be hormonal changes, lack of exercise, genetics, habits such as smoking, dietary intake, age (older adults have increased risk), and gender (women are greater risk than men).

A physical therapist at Midwest Physical Therapy Services can evaluate your problem and help manage the effects of Osteoporosis. A successful treatment program may include some of the following:

  • Modalities for pain relief, such as electrical stimulation, TENS (Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation), moist heat, massage and the use of cold to relieve back pain.
  • Fitting of a back brace or supportive device if necessary.
  • Specific exercises to strength back muscles and improve posture, balance, and function.
  • Specific exercises to stretch or relax tight muscles and areas of tenderness.
  • Specific exercises to promote weight-bearing and thus, challenge bone growth.
  • Instructions on lifting and performance of daily activities to promote energy saving methods of moving and prevention of further injury.
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If you believe you are a candidate to receive physical therapy to manage your Osteoporosis, contact Midwest Physical Therapy Services to seek treatment with a therapist who specializes in this area.