Dr. Grace Walker, nutritionist, physical and occupational therapist, is aware that osteoporosis is the most common metabolic bone disorder. Approximately 200 million people are affected by osteoporosis.
What is osteoporosis?
The National Osteoporosis Foundation explains, “Osteoporosis means ‘porous bone.’ Osteoporosis is a bone disease that occurs when the body loses too much bone, makes too little bone, or both. As a result, bones become weak and may break from a fall or, in serious cases, from sneezing or minor bumps. Viewed under a microscope, healthy bone looks like a honeycomb. When osteoporosis occurs, the holes and spaces in the honeycomb are much larger than in healthy bone. As bones become less dense, they weaken and are more likely to break.”
Who is at risk of osteoporosis?
A recent study published by The Journal of Sports Medicine & Doping Studies states that “risk factors include age, Caucasian, smoking, female gender, medications, physical inactivity, and others… Each year, nearly 300,000 hip fractures, 547,000 vertebral fractures and almost 1,054,000 other fractures occur due to osteoporosis. Osteoporosis imposes more than 432,000 hospital admissions, 2.5 million medical office visits, and 180,000 nursing home admissions to the healthcare systems.” Those are some scary statistics!
What can I do to prevent or maintain my osteoporosis?
The study posted by The Journal of Sports Medicine & Doping Studies is very clear-cut, and explains that, “many studies have documented which have shown that people who exercise regularly have higher bone density than the inactive individuals.” The benefit of exercise is the repeated loading and stress upon the bones, which in turn, strengthens them.
Along with exercise, diet, supplements, medications and therapy consisting of a combination of these treatment options, prevention and maintenance of osteoporosis is possible. If you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis by your doctor, come see what Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center has to offer. Our expert and caring physical therapists put together individualized treatment plans to meet your goals in an affordable, fun and healing environment! Visit our website and call Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center to schedule an appointment, or even start with a free 30 minute consolation with one of our expert therapists!
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