Osteoporosis and Osteopenia
Osteoporosis is a disease in which there is a loss of bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue. This process causes weakening of the bones and makes them more likely to break. The bones most often affected are the hips, spine, and wrists. Osteoporosis develops over long time periods. Bone mass can be lost steadily for years, without any symptoms, until a bone breaks.
Osteoporosis affects millions of Americans, with women four times more likely to develop osteoporosis than men. Many more women have low bone mass and therefore have an increased risk for osteoporosis. Estrogen deficiency is one of the main causes of bone loss in women during and after menopause. Women may lose 15-20 percent of their bone mass in the first few years following menopause.
Osteoporosis can lead to a considerable reduction in quality of life through deformity, lowered self-esteem, reduction or loss of mobility and decreased independence.
We design an osteoporosis rehabilitation program that is crafted to meet the needs of the individual patient, depending upon the severity and type of disease. Active involvement of the patient is vital to the success of the program.
The goal of rehabilitation is to help the patient return to the highest level of independence and function, while improving the overall physical, social and emotional quality of life. The focus of rehabilitation is to decrease pain, minimize bone loss and help prevent fractures.
In order to help reach these goals, osteoporosis rehabilitation programs may include the following:
- Exercise programs and conditioning to increase physical fitness
- Pain management
- Nutritional counseling
- Ancillary devices to improve safety at home