Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis at Town Physical Therapy

At Town Physical Therapy, we understand the impact of osteoporosis, a condition characterized by weakened bones that are more susceptible to fractures. Osteoporosis can affect individuals of all ages, particularly older adults and postmenopausal women, leading to increased fragility and decreased bone density. At Town PT, our team of experienced therapists specializes in providing comprehensive osteoporosis treatment to help our patients maintain bone health, prevent fractures, and improve their quality of life.

Definition

Osteoporosis is a bone disease characterized by decreased bone density and increased bone fragility. This condition often leads to a higher risk of fractures, particularly in the spine, hips, and wrists. Osteoporosis can develop gradually over time, resulting in bones becoming weaker and more prone to fractures with minor stress or trauma. At Town PT, we focus on educating our patients about osteoporosis and empowering them with effective strategies to manage and prevent bone loss.

Symptoms

At Town PT, symptoms of osteoporosis may not be noticeable until a fracture occurs. Common symptoms may include:

  • Back pain, caused by spinal fractures or compression fractures
  • Loss of height over time, due to compression fractures in the spine
  • Stooped posture or curvature of the spine (kyphosis)
  • Increased risk of fractures, especially in the hip, spine, and wrist
  • Decreased bone density, as indicated by bone mineral density (BMD) tests

Early detection and intervention are crucial in managing osteoporosis and reducing the risk of fractures.

Causes

Osteoporosis can be caused by various factors, including:

  • Aging, as bone density naturally decreases with age
  • Hormonal changes, such as menopause in women leading to reduced estrogen levels
  • Inactivity or lack of weight-bearing exercise, which can contribute to bone loss
  • Nutritional deficiencies, especially calcium and vitamin D
  • Certain medical conditions or medications that affect bone health

Identifying the underlying causes of osteoporosis helps us develop personalized treatment plans for our patients.

Diagnosis

Diagnosing osteoporosis involves assessing bone density and fracture risk through various tests, including:

  • Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan to measure bone density
  • Bone turnover markers to assess bone metabolism
  • Fracture risk assessments based on medical history, age, and other factors

Our skilled therapists at Town PT conduct comprehensive evaluations to diagnose osteoporosis and determine the appropriate treatment approach.

Offering the most comprehensive “Osteoporosis” treatment

At Town Physical Therapy, we offer the most comprehensive osteoporosis treatment options to address our patients unique needs and reduce the risk of fractures. Our treatment approach may include:

  • Exercise programs focused on weight-bearing and resistance exercises to strengthen bones and improve balance
  • Nutrition counseling to ensure adequate intake of calcium, vitamin D, and other essential nutrients for bone health
  • Fall prevention strategies to minimize the risk of fractures due to falls
  • Medication management, if necessary, to slow down bone loss or improve bone density
  • Education on proper posture, body mechanics, and lifestyle modifications to support bone health

Our goal is to help our patients with osteoporosis maintain bone strength, prevent fractures, and enhance their overall well-being. At Town PT, we are committed to providing compassionate care and effective treatment to support our patients in managing osteoporosis and leading active, healthy lives.

For appointments and more information, visit town-pt.com

Town Physical Therapy Locations:

Maywood, NJ | Emerson, NJ | Bergenfield, NJ | Clifton, NJ | Paramus, NJ

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