You may be unaware you have osteoporosis until you suffer a fracture or develop a curve in your upper spine. If your bones break because they're weakened by osteoporosis, Cleopatra Espinosa, MS, DPT, Soujaniya Konada, DPT, and the skilled team at Elite Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation, in Purchase, New York, can help. They have the experience to manage patients with fragile bones and help you stay fit and well without incurring further injuries. To benefit from the team's expertise, call the office, or book an appointment online today.
Osteoporosis affects your bones’ density, reducing their quality and strength, so they fracture very easily.
Bone density naturally diminishes as you get older, but in some people, it reaches a stage where they start to experience problems like osteoporotic fractures. These fractures occur because your bones become so fragile that a minor fall could be enough to break them.
Osteoporotic fractures are a common cause of hip pain in older people and frequently affect your spine, causing vertebral compression fractures. These fractures typically affect the inside of the vertebra, causing it to collapse and form a wedge shape. For some patients, they aren't too troublesome, but for many, they can be agonizing.
Compression fractures in the vertebrae are likely to affect your upper back and often occur in a series that causes your back to form a hunched appearance. This “dowager's hump” is often the most obvious symptom of osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis develops if you don't get enough calcium and vitamin D throughout your life. Certain risk factors increase your chances of developing osteoporosis, mainly because they affect the absorption of calcium and vitamin D. Potential risk factors include:
Women tend to develop osteoporosis because the production of the female sex hormone estrogen falls dramatically after menopause. Lack of estrogen is a critical factor in the loss of bone density.
There's no cure for osteoporosis, but the sooner you get a diagnosis and begin treatment, the less risk you have of suffering painful fractures. Your doctor is also likely to recommend vitamin D and calcium supplements to slow down bone deterioration.
Physical therapy optimizes your recovery from fractures, helping you regain strength and mobility. Your therapist can also help you with problems like balance, which reduces the risk of falls and further fractures. It can help in the prevention of osteoporosis, too.
Doing weight-bearing exercise throughout your life builds up the bone and makes it stronger. Therefore, learning how to exercise safely to maximize bone health is an important way of reducing your risk of osteoporosis.
If you have osteoporosis and want to stay as active and pain-free as possible, the team at Elite Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation can help. Call them or book an appointment online today.