Lafayette Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy located in Lafayette, CA

Having weakened bones due to osteoporosis can leave you vulnerable to breaks and fractures. The skilled team at Lafayette Physical Therapy in Lafayette, California, provides a wide range of age-related rehabilitation services to manage conditions like osteoporosis. If you’ve sustained an injury because of osteoporosis, or you want to prevent one, call Lafayette Physical Therapy or schedule an appointment online today.

Osteoporosis Q & A

What is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a condition characterized by fragile or weakened bones.

Your bones are living tissue. Your body is continually replacing old bone tissue with new tissue in a process known as remodeling. Remodeling peaks when you’re in your latter 20s.

Bone loss usually begins when you reach your mid-30s. At this point, your bones are breaking down faster than your body rebuilds them. As they grow thinner and weaker, your risk of sustaining a fracture increases.

Who is at risk of developing osteoporosis?

Anyone can develop osteoporosis, but women are affected more significantly than men. This is due to the hormone changes women experience following menopause. These changes accelerate bone loss for a short period of time.

Additional factors can that increase your risk of osteoporosis include:

  • Smoking
  • Family history
  • Advanced age
  • Low body weight
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • History of breaks or fractures
  • Excessive alcohol or caffeine consumption
  • Vitamin deficiencies, especially calcium and vitamin D

Certain conditions like rheumatoid arthritis can also increase your risk of osteoporosis.

How can physical therapy help manage osteoporosis?

Your bone health is maintained and built by following a healthy lifestyle. The providers at Lafayette Physical Therapy can outline a specific physical therapy program to improve the health of your bones to avoid breaks and fractures in the future. These programs might include:

  • Teaching proper posture to protect your spine
  • Improving your balance to reduce your risk of falling
  • Adjusting your environment to preserve your bones
  • Correcting your body mechanics to improve your alignment
  • Providing weight-bearing and resistance exercises that build bone

As a part of your physical therapy plan, exercises are performed two to three times a week in addition to your fitness program.

Can physical therapy treat an osteoporosis-related fracture?

If you’ve sustained a fracture due to osteoporosis, your therapist will design a treatment plan to manage your pain and improve your recovery. These therapies often include:

  • Pain reduction through specialized modalities
  • External devices like braces to improve posture and encourage healing
  • Muscle strengthening to improve your alignment and reduce your risk of falls

To protect your bone health with a customized osteoporosis physical therapy program, call Lafayette Physical Therapy or schedule an appointment online today.