Physical Therapy for Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis weakens bones and makes them more likely to break. Broken bones can lead to difficulty walking or performing daily activities. Broken bones often lead to a loss of independence.
Both women and men can develop osteoporosis. Exercise is an important part of treating osteoporosis. Certain exercises can help strengthen bones. It is important to perform the correct types of exercises and avoid exercises that could put you at greater risk for injury.
If you’ve already suffered a fragility fracture from osteoporosis, you may benefit from a PT360 home visit. We assess your home to help you arrange your set-up and lifestyle to help prevent falls.
Physical Therapy Treatments for Osteoporosis
Physical therapists trained to treat osteoporosis personalize your treatment plan. Our goal is to help you manage your osteoporosis on your own and minimize your risk of complications.
- Developing a comprehensive exercise program that strengthens your bones and muscles to lessen your risk of injury and help you stay independent
- Teaching proper body movement for your daily activities, including bending and lifting.This lessens your risk of compression fractures in your spine that lead to a stooped posture
- Assessing your balance and developing a program to help you reduce your risk of falls and of breaking a bone
- Improving your posture and preventing development or worsening of a forward-stooped posture
- Recommending how you can continue your exercise program at home so you can manage your osteoporosis on your own
What to Expect from Physical Therapy for Osteoporosis
When your physician refers you to physical therapy, you can expect:
- A one-on-one evaluation to assess your strength, posture, balance and mobility
- Referral to a small, one-time class taught by a physical therapist. We educate you on body mechanics, posture and exercises that are correct for those with osteoporosis
- One-on-one physical therapy sessions to help you develop a personalized exercise program or to help you safely address your balance