House Call: Osteoporosis – Prevention & Treatment
According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, it is estimated that about 50 percent of women and 25 percent of men over 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a bone disease in which an individual may lose too much bone, make too little bone or both.
The disease is more prevalent in women. A female’s bone mass peaks between the ages of 20 and 30, and begins to decline between the ages of 40 and 50.
It is important for individuals, especially women, to begin building their bone density, also known as bone bank, as early as possible to prevent osteoporosis. The fuller your bone bank, the more time it will take for bone to break down and the less likely you are to develop osteoporosis.
One of the key methods of preventing osteoporosis is starting a regular exercise program that incorporates weight-bearing and non-weight-bearing exercises. Weight-bearing exercises, such as walking and jogging, promote bone growth by applying direct compression on the bone. Non-weight bearing exercises, such as lifting weights or using resistance bands, helps to strengthen the muscles that support and protect the bone and prevent secondary injuries.
Improving balance and posture are also important methods of increasing bone health and lessening the risk factors of fractures or breaks. It is helpful to work to reverse the forward bent postures we often find ourselves in throughout our daily lives. Balance is very important to work on to avoid falling and, in turn, avoid fractures.
Fortunately, the exceptional team of physical therapists and related healthcare providers at the Cone Health Outpatient Rehabilitation Centers are dedicated to educating individuals throughout the community on preventing osteoporosis, as well as treating patients with the condition.
Sue Shaver is a licensed physical therapist and outpatient team supervisor for Cone Health Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at Kernersville. She earned her Bachelor of Science in physical therapy at Russell Sage College in Troy, New York. She has eighteen years of experience in physical therapy and has been with Cone Health for thirteen years.