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Osteoporosis Program

Typical programming consists of an evaluation by a Physical Therapist who will customize a treatment program for you. This first visit is approximately 1 hour. Follow up therapy sessions are once a week and average 45 minutes each. Treatment sessions are one-to-one (you are the only patient that the therapist is working with at any given time).

The Center for Physical Rehabilitation provides physical, occupational, and speech therapy services. Working in conjunction with a patient's health care provider, our therapists work with the patient to maximize their physical function, alleviate symptoms, and educate patients on how to promote continued health and prevent injury or illness in the future.

What is Osteoporosis?

The term osteoporosis means porous bone. With osteoporosis the bones lose density and become weaker.

How is it diagnosed?

A bone density test is performed using a central dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) machine. Bone density tests are usually taken of the hip and spine.

How is it treated?

There have been many advances in the treatment options for osteoporosis. Physical therapy may help you build stronger bones as well as improve posture, balance, and strength to make falls less likely.

What will treatment focus on?

  • Posture
  • Balance
  • Safety
  • Body Mechanics
  • Exercises
  • Education
  • Safe exercises to continue at home

What are the risk factors for osteoporosis?

The older you are the greater the risk of osteoporosis.
Fractures as a result of osteoporosis occur almost twice as often in women than men.
Family History:
Having a parent or sibling with osteoporosis increases your risk.
Body Frame:
People with small body frames are at higher risk because they have less bone mass to draw from as they age.
Calcium and Vitamin D Deficiency:
Calcium is a building block of bone and vitamin D helps your body use calcium.
Inactive Lifestyle:  
People who do not exercise or who sit a lot have a higher risk for osteoporosis.
Smoking can decrease calcium absorption and for women prevent estrogen from protecting your bones.
Too Much Protein, Sodium, & Caffeine: 
Excessive amounts may cause the body to lose calcium.
Losing Weight:
Weight loss can cause bone loss so it’s important to exercise and eat healthy.

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