Every year, around two million people break their bones as a direct result of Osteoporosis, and this number is still on the rise. In fact, experts predict that the number of fractures caused by this condition will have reached three million by 2025. While both men and women can develop this disease, women are at a higher risk.
There are many causes of osteoporosis, but with proper diagnosis and proactive treatment, the effects of the disease can be slowed or even stopped altogether. Though some risk factors like gender, genetics, having a small frame, and hormone levels are out of your control, others like an inactive lifestyle, cigarette smoking, excessive caffeine intake, and calcium-poor diet are controllable.
At Oklahoma Physical Therapy, our specialists will craft mechanisms and administer treatments designed to slow down or even reverse Osteoporosis progression.
Conditions, Medical Procedures and Diseases That Increase the Risk of Osteoporosis
- Digestive and Gastrointestinal Disorders
- Autoimmune Disorders
- Medical procedures like Gastrectomy
- Blood/Hematologic Disorders
- Bone marrow and blood disorders
- Nervous System/Neurological Disorders
- Mental Illness
Our physical therapists will review the medications you’ve been taking, your medical, exercise, hormonal, and dietary history, as well as conduct a full physical examination to determine your level of risk for osteoporosis.
For women, moderate to intense physical exercises performed on the ground and in water at high speeds and short time intervals have been found to be particularly helpful in preventing and treating postmenopausal osteoporosis. Oklahoma Physical Therapy collaborates with professional physicians to supervise these exercises and offer other solutions like mechanical vibration that have proven benefits on bone microarchitecture.
How We Diagnose
With an uncompromising commitment to seeing our patients recover and maintain their health, Oklahoma Physical Therapy develops customized programs based on the needs of individual patients. Osteoporosis is diagnosed through an imaging technique performed by your doctor called DEXA or DXA (also known as a “bone scan”) that measures the density of the bones. This process is quick and painless, and gives us the information we need to know the severity of the osteoporosis, as well as which regions of the body it is affecting. Based on the results, we will provide you with a bone-building prescription that will make sure that you are not under or over exercising. Contact us today and schedule your appointment.