Affecting about 54 million Americans, osteoporosis is a disease that occurs when the body stops producing new, healthy bone. Osteoporosis is a very common disorder affecting the skeleton. In a patient with osteoporosis, the bones begin losing their minerals and support capabilities, leaving the skeleton brittle and prone to fractures.
Throughout your life, your body is in a process of making new bone while losing old bone. Children and teenagers form bone faster than they lose bone. This continues even after they stop growing. This allows our bones to become more dense until they reach peak bone mass, which is the most amount of bone you will have in your life. Peak bone mass usually occurs between the ages of 18 and 25. It is believed that the more bone you have during this age range of peak bone mass, the less likely you are to get osteoporosis later in life. Osteoporosis is more common in women than in men.
People with osteoporosis may not have any symptoms. Some may have pain in their bones and muscles, particularly in their back. Sometimes a collapsed vertebra may cause severe pain, decrease in height, or spinal deformity. The symptoms of osteoporosis may look like other bone disorders or health problems. The most common symptoms of osteoporosis include:
● Chronic back pain
● Stooped posture
● Broken or fractured bones
Patients with osteoporosis or those at risk of developing osteoporosis will benefit from working with a Physical Therapist.The goals of our Physical Therapy treatment is to educate you on proper posture, teach you safe ways of moving and lifting, and to provide you with exercises you can do at home to improve their bone health, help prevent a decline in bone mass and prevent fractures. The therapist will also educate the patient on pain-relieving techniques to improve their overall quality of life.