What Is Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a medical condition in which the bones become brittle and fragile from loss of tissue, typically as a result of hormonal changes, or deficiency of calcium or vitamin D. Bones become weak and are at a greater risk for fracture. This condition often impacts women far more than men. 1 out of 2 women and 1 out of 4 men over the age of 50 are at risk for this condition.
Factors that causes bone density loss
* Cushing’s syndrome
* Premature menopause
* Low levels of testosterone and estrogen in men
* Parkinson’s disease
* Multiple sclerosis (MS)
* Breast cancer
* Prostate cancer
Adverse drug side effects
* Aluminum-containing antacids
* Antiseizure medicines (only some) such as Dilantin® or Phenobarbital
* Gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) such as Lupron® and Zoladex®
* Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as Nexium, Prevacid, and Prilosec
* Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as Lexapro, Prozac
* Steroids (glucocorticoids) such as cortisone and prednisone
* Thyroid hormones in excess
Physical Therapy for osteoporosis
Physical therapy is one of the best treatments for this condition. At Sportscare, we prescribe proper exercises to increase bone density and prevent further damage. Like muscles, bones can get stronger from weightbearing exercises. According to Wolffe’s law, which states that bones will adapt to the loads under which it is placed. If loading on a particular bone increases, the bone will remodel itself over time to become stronger to resist that sort of loading. By performing exercises, bones will eventually get stronger which decrease risk of fracture and other bone pathologies.
Please contact your Sportscare Physical Therapy location to schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting you.