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Preventing Osteoporosis

What is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a common disease that can affect anyone at any age causing the thinning and weakening of the bones. Another word used to describe osteoporosis is “porous bone.” An osteoporotic patient’s bone structure becomes very thin and “porous,” often resulting from poor nutrition and aging of the bones. Because of this, it does make it difficult for the bone to withstand the normal force that is applied in typical everyday activities. If you’re in need of help, a Ronkonkoma physical therapist at United Rehab Physical Therapy can get you on the path to recovery today.

Having osteoporosis means your bones have lost its healthy density developing an abnormal tissue structure. As the bone becomes less dense, they gradually weaken until they fall victim to frequent breaks or fractures. It is highly recommended for those who are 50 years or older and have broken a bone, to consult with our Ronkonkoma physical therapist in order to strengthen the supporting muscle tissues.

Osteoporosis can be caused by the following factors:

  • Having a thin and small body frame

  • Genetics

  • Hormone imbalance - specifically estrogen in women and androgen in men

  • Lack of exercise

  • Calcium deficient diet

  • Poor nutrition and poor health

With certain exercises and treatment programs, we can help reduce osteoporotic pain and prevent bone fractures.

Prevention of Osteoporosis

By following a certain lifestyle, osteoporosis is a very preventable disease. To live this type of lifestyle, a proper diet, vitamin supplementation, and exercise can work wonders. For those that would like to prevent and reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis, knowing the factors, especially the ones listed above, is extremely important. It is highly advised that you consult with our expert Ronkonkoma physical therapist to evaluate your options if you are at risk.

Physical Therapy for Osteoporosis

Our goal with treatment for osteoporosis is to increase your strength and reduce chronic pain associated wit

h this disease. Our program consists of customized exercises with our Ronkonkoma physical therapist. These exercises will help to educate on ways to prevent injury as well as body conditioning. Exercises like balance training will help to reduce the risk of falling. The exercises also focus on proper posture to protect the spine from future fractures. We also educate our patients on ways to adjust their environment to protect their bone health.

Osteoporosis is a widespread disease that affects millions of people per year. If you or someone you know is dealing with this disease and is looking for an effective Ronkonkoma physical therapist, United Rehab Physical Therapy can help. Contact our office to schedule an appointment.


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