No Bones About It - Physiotherapy can help with Osteoporosis Management
Updated: Nov 29, 2021
Osteoporosis is a disease that slowly weakens your bones and often goes undetected. Characterized by low bone mass and the weakening of bone, osteoporosis leads to an increased risk of fracture. Usually there are no obvious symptoms of bone loss until someone suffers a fall. Consequently osteoporosis is sometimes called the “silent thief”. In fact, each year, thousands of Canadians suffer osteoporotic fractures of their spines, wrists, shoulders and hips. We don’t want that to be you!
Although the best defense against osteoporosis is to build strong bones during your youth, there are still steps you can take to help prevent or decrease bone loss as you age.
Already diagnosed? Fortunately, physiotherapy can help you manage your osteoporosis. A well planned exercise program is an important step towards protecting your bones as activity helps slow the rate of bone loss and increases muscle strength which aids in fall prevention.
During your physiotherapy assessment, we will work with you to develop a specific exercise program tailored to your unique needs, individual risk factors and lifestyle goals. Generally, we will focus on:
Strength Training Exercises
An aerobic component
In the words of Osteoporosis Canada, “too fit to fracture” is our ultimate goal!