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Osteoporosis / Osteoarthritis / Osteopenia

Osteoporosis/Osteopenia:

What is it?

Osteopenia is the precursor to Osteoporosis, both of which involve a thinning and weakening of the bones. Osteopenia is thebeginning of bone loss that is identified by performing a bone density test. Osteoporosis is the progression of bone loss. Once Osteoporsis has been identified a person becomes more at risk for fractures— particularly of the spine. Your grandmother’s loss of height wasn’t really poor posture but a series of fractures that developed over time.

What you should know about Osteoporosis:

It is preventable by a diet that includes calcium, proper minerals and vitamins in addition to regular exercise that stimulates the production of bone. 

  1. It is preventable by a diet that includes calcium, proper minerals and vitamins in addition to regular exercise that stimulates the production of bone.
  2. Risk factors include smoking, menopause, sedentary lifestyle and the use of certain medications, such as Prednisone, for prolonged periods.
  3. Changes in estrogen levels which occur during menopause effect bone mass. It is important to work closely with your doctor to develop a plan that addresses your estrogen needs

How we address the problem:

First we fully and carefully evaluate the strength and flexibility of each patient. Our physical therapists then design a specific program, with special attention to posture and balance for each person. As the patient’s tolerance changes, the treatment plan for both clinical visits and the home program are also adjusted.