About 54 million Americans have osteoporosis and low bone mass, placing them at increased risk for osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones. It happens when you lose too much bone, make too little bone or both. Studies suggest that approximately 1 in 2 women over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis rehabilitation starts with an individualized treatment plan developed just for you by your physical and/or occupational therapist aimed at helping you:
- Increase bone mass or slow bone loss.
- Gain strength and improve your balance while reducing the chance of future falls and injuries.
- Perform weight-bearing exercises that you can do at home.
- Understand about bone health and what else you can do to improve.
Some key components include:
- Prevention: Proper exercise can stop or reverse bone loss, prevent deformity, and avoid dangerous movements.
- Treatment: Customized exercise programs help improve posture, strength and endurance.
- Advanced care techniques: Balance assessment, pain-reduction techniques, home safety education and the evaluation of activities of daily living promote independence.