Physical Therapy for Osteoporosis Patients

Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens the bones and makes them more prone to fractures. Over three million new cases are diagnosed each year. Osteoporosis is responsible for up to two million fractures annually in those over 50.

One answer to this growing medical condition is physical therapy for osteoporosis patients.

Facts About Osteoporosis

Over 54 million Americans are living with osteoporosis today. Your risk increases with age, body weight, and bone structure. More women than men are diagnosed yearly. Unfortunately, for most, the first symptom of the disease is a fractured bone. Here are a few additional symptoms or signs of osteoporosis:

  • Loss of height
  • Change in posture
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain in the lower back
  • Bone fractures

Why Physical Therapy for Osteoporosis Patients

Physical therapy keeps the body moving. Treatment for osteoporosis includes weight-bearing exercises that help strengthen bones and the muscles that support them.

Osteoporosis is a disease that leads to fractured bones. A top factor leading to fractures is falling at home or the workplace. A specialized therapist will provide fall prevention education to you and your family. Recently, The Therapy Network published a blog, “Fall Prevention, A Necessity for All of Us.

Osteoporosis Therapy at The Therapy Network

What can you expect when visiting The Therapy Network as an osteoporosis patient? You will meet a therapy specialist that will review your medical history and create a custom treatment plan. Your plan may include the following:

  • Weight-bearing exercises
  • Resistance training
  • Balance exercises
  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Education and tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle with osteoporosis
  • Fall prevention education
  • A comprehensive at-home exercise and lifestyle plan

In 2022, The Therapy Network opened a Fall Prevention Clinic, and your treatment plan may include therapy sessions at the clinic.

You do not need a physician’s referral to visit The Therapy Network. We are the solution for physical therapy for osteoporosis patients. Appointments are available today at any of our six locations in Hampton, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Chesapeake, Virginia.