Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones. It happens when you lose too much bone, make too little bone or both. As a result, bones become weak and can break from a minor fall or, in serious cases, from a simple sneeze, or turning to get up out of your car.
Osteoporosis is common. About 10 million Americans have osteoporosis and about 34 million are at risk for the disease. Estimates suggest that about half of all women older than 50, and up to 1 in 4 men, will break a bone because of osteoporosis.
Research-based Prevention Services: Our bone health is a Life-Span aspect of our health that our Legacy Therapy professionals keep up to date with; we know our bone health begins in our youth. Bone health is not just a health concern for our “older years”. For example, recent research shows that in 8 to 22 year olds (both male and female), certain sitting/sedentary activities are negatively associated with Bone Mineral Density (BMD) in the hip bone (femur). This is also true for 8 – 22 year old females in this study for a BMD deficit of the spine. This important study also showed that it is not the total amount of exercise time per week that is important to bone health, but the frequency of bouts of the weight-bearing and vigorous activity to offset total sedentary time.
Osteoporosis is responsible for millions of fractures and billions in cost. By 2025, experts predict that osteoporosis will be responsible for approximately 3 million fractures and $25.3 billion in costs.
Research: Although there is no cure for osteoporosis, current research shows there are steps you can take to prevent, slow or stop its progress. In some cases, you may even be able to improve bone density and reverse the disorder to some degree – preventing fractures or deformity. Your Physician may prescribe medication. But, did you know that postural habits, regular weight-bearing and muscle strengthening exercise can also improve your BMD (bone mineral density) and make your bones stronger?
Depending on the severity of your bone loss, an evidence-based P.T. program of postural analysis, posture and movement training, and regular resistive and weight-bearing exercise can help.
The Physical Therapists at one of our Legacy Therapy & Wellness Group facilities are here for you -- to help you learn more about Osteoporosis/ Osteopenia, your own body and faulty movement patterns, and more importantly-- to develop a safe and effective exercise program right for you and your lifestyle!
For more information, please contact us at any of our Alabama locations. If you have had a recent bone density screen, please bring those scores on your first visit as this helps us determine the level of activity to begin training.
The National Osteoporosis Foundation; for more information visit: www.nof.org
Chastin SF et al. The frequency of osteogenic activities and the pattern of intermittence between periods of physical activity and sedentary behaviour affects bone mineral content: the cross-sectional NHANES study. BMC Public Health. 2014 Jan 6;14:4.