Osteoporosis Treatment

Osteoporosis is a preventable and treatable disease characterized by low bone mass and structural deterioration of bone tissue. This causes bones to become thin and brittle. Osteoporosis causes pain, postural changes and increased susceptibility to fracture.1

Our Treatment Approach

We take an integrated approach to your physical therapy care by evaluating your posture, strength, nervous system function, balance and overall musculoskeletal health. We will discuss your exercise and fitness goals and any concerns you may have and design a prescriptive treatment plan with you to optimize your function, as well eliminate any pains that are inhibiting your activities or preventing you from living a more active lifestyle. Interventions may include: postural stretching and strengthening, and weight bearing exercises appropriate for those with osteoporosis (to maintain bone density and reduce fracture risk), fall prevention, manual therapy, stabilization, balance and neuromuscular training.

Treatment Goals

  • Maintain or improve bone density, especially at the lumbar spine, femoral head, femoral neck, and radius
  • Emphasize exercises to promote postural correction to prevent a variety of health related issues, including compression fracture (wedge fracture of the spine)
  • Improve strength, balance, and coordination to reduce the risk of falls
  • Reduce the risk of fracture

References: 1. www.niams.nih.gov