Each year, osteoporosis leads to 1.5 million fractures in the U.S. These fractures can limit your mobility and lead to other serious medical complications.
The Osteoporosis Rehabilitation program is designed for women and men with osteoporosis. Our team is staffed by physical and occupational therapists specially trained in bone health and osteoporosis therapy.
Our osteoporosis therapy emphasizes fracture prevention and an individualized osteoporosis exercise program. We’ll teach you tips and strategies for improving bone health, preventing fractures, and recovering after an injury.
Osteoporosis Rehabilitation Services
Osteoporosis rehabilitation services include therapy, exercise classes, and education.
Physical Therapy: Our physical therapists specialize in bone health and muscle disorders and can provide therapy to help you restore mobility after a fracture.
Exercise Classes: We offer Aquatic Therapy and other exercise classes in the hospital’s Medical Fitness Center. Regular exercise can reduce the rate of bone loss. Exercise can also help you maintain strength, improve posture, and improve balance.
Nutrition and Lifestyle Education: Osteoporosis prevention and treatment includes eating a balanced diet rich in calcium and vitamin D, no smoking, reasonable alcohol use, and weight-bearing exercise.
Benefits of Osteoporosis Therapy
Depending on your functional needs, osteoporosis rehabilitation could help you:
- Prevent falls and fractures
- Improve posture
- Increase your muscle strength
- Decrease pain
- Improve your ability to perform daily tasks
- Maintain bone health
- Slow the rate of bone loss
Most bone fractures occur because of a fall. You can reduce your chance of falling with exercises designed to build your muscle strength and improve your balance.
Before you receive treatment for osteoporosis, you should receive a bone density test. This test will detect osteoporosis and predict your risk of fracture. We can also use it to measure the ongoing effectiveness of your treatment. You can ask your doctor for a bone density test.
Bone density testing is recommend for:
- Any women age 65 and older
- Postmenopausal women with risk factors for fracture (low calcium intake, vitamin D deficiency, estrogen deficiency, a small/thin frame)
- Postmenopausal women who have had a fracture
- Women receiving hormone replacement therapy for an extended time
Your body is continually building new bone to replace older bone. With a good diet and physical activity, your bones grow stronger. You have until your mid-30s to build up your bones, but after that you will slowly experience bone loss. Fortunately, you're never too old (or too young) to improve your bone health.