Osteoporosis is defined as a loss of bone mass and micro-architecture deterioration of the skeleton leading to increased risk of fracture. One in every two women and one in every eight men will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime. Fractures can be painful and may result in decreased independence in walking, daily activity, and self care.
Exercise can increase bone mass, maintain strong bones for life, reduce risk of falls, and increase postural stability. To decrease risk of bone loss:
- Eat a balanced diet with plenty of calcium and vitamin D
- Take supplements as needed
- Maintain a healthy body weight
- Refrain from smoking
- Maintain a physically active lifestyle
- At Austin Preferred Integrative Medicine, our physical therapists develop an Osteoporosis Treatment Program, which is a personal exercise and wellness program according to age, risk factors, and fitness level. We also provide treatment to restore and maximize function after a fracture.
The Osteoporosis Treatment Program will:
- Screen and assess for fall and fracture risk
- Rehabilitate after a fracture
- Teach safe ways to perform activities of daily living
- Design a safe, individualized exercise program
- Refer you to community programs and resources