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Find Out If You Are At Risk For Osteoporosis

Bone loss can occur in men and women at any age

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Bone loss can occur in men and women at any age. When bone density or bone quality is reduced, the skeletal structure becomes fragile. This can lead to an increased risk of fractures, which occur most often in the spine, hip and wrist. When this occurs, you may be diagnosed with osteoporosis or low bone density (previously called osteopenia).

Specially trained therapists can help you with osteoporosis. Therapy sessions are customized to meet your individual needs and designed to produce the best possible results.

Risk factors for osteoporosis and low bone density include:

  • Sex (female > male)
  • Older age
  • Family history
  • Having a thin and short stature
  • Prior fractures
  • Postmenopausal/Perimenopausal women
  • Pubescent amenorrhea (absence of your period in a post-pubescent woman of reproductive age)
  • Smoking
  • Taking medications such as steroids
  • Other diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, GI disease, anorexia nervosa

After a thorough evaluation and development of a plan of care, an osteoporosis and bone health rehabilitation program may include:

-         Strengthening of site-specific muscles, including the back and hips

-         Weight-bearing exercises

-         Postural correction

-         Body mechanics training

-         Balance exercises for fall prevention

-         Up-to-date spinal fracture management

Participating in a rehabilitation program can lead to decreased pain, improved mobility, improved posture and possible bone building and/or reduction in bone loss.

If you have some of the risk factors above, don’t ignore them. Talk to your physician and find out if you do in fact, have osteoporosis. It can be treated.

Tags: Bone loss, low bone density, osteopenia, osteoporosis
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  • Ann

    Good article. Awareness and prevention are so Important. sadly, , I think some women think they can just take one of the osteoporosis medications should they develop osteoporosis. Sadly, they are not aware that these meds have very nasty potential side effects include destroying the jaw bone and one even might cause BONE CANCER. These are hideous options. Therefore, prevention is key. But, don’t panic should you take a scan and discover some bone loss. Very often this is normal and there is time to correct the situation. Re-read this article, but do your own research as well. Optimize your vitamin intake (especially vitamins k, d, calcium and magnesium)…. But there are more. Eat lots of veggies, don’t smoke, don’t drink soda, and reduce sugar and alcohol. And exercise! Read and do your own research. If a doctor tells you to take one of the osteo. Drugs, get a second or even a third opinion. If possible at all, avoid that route. Yes, prevention is key! Helpful article, thank you.