Osteoporosis and You — Strong Bones for Life

January 23, 2014

osteoporosis1According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, osteoporosis causes more than 8.9 million fractures annually worldwide, with 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men over 50 experiencing fractures.  And The National Osteoporosis Foundation, says 52 million Americans have low bone density.

Aging, certain medicines, medical conditions, genetics and lifestyle choices can all lead to loss of bone density. Osteoporosis makes the bones porous, decreasing bone mass and deteriorating the bone tissue. Unfortunately, osteoporosis can be a silent disease until you suffer a fracture.

Most fractures from Osteoporosis are called ¨insufficiency fractures,¨ which means the bone isn’t strong enough to support the weight of a person during normal activity.  These types of fractures commonly affect hips, spinal vertebrae, wrist and ankles, feet and hands, and the pelvis.

But diagnosis can and should happen before a fracture occurs. Early detection can help patients manage their condition and protect against future broken bones. A Bone Density Test is recommended for those at higher risk, which include: women 65 and older, postmenopausal women with one or more risk factors, and postmenopausal women with fractures.

strongbonesforlife1Once low bone density is detected, there are several proactive ways that patients can manage this disease including physical therapy, medications and lifestyle changes. Although our physicians are experts at healing broken bones, our number one goal is to prevent them. This is why, at The Center For Orthopedics, our physical therapy department offers a balance and bone-strengthening program for patients with Osteoporosis. Our Strong Bones For Life program, in tandem with the American Orthopaedic Association’s Own The Bone™ national bone health program, helps patients with a two-part comprehensive prevention and treatment initiative.

Led by medical orthopedist Dr. Harkeet Sandhu, Strong Bones for Life will provide you with a unique bone health assessment, including comprehensive medical and physical therapy evaluations to measure your risk factors. Then we’ll develop a customized plan of care that includes balance testing and a personalized exercise program, to help you prevent bone loss.

The American Orthopaedic Association’s, Own the Bone™ program, provides post-fracture education and treatment through a seven-step program, including nutrition and physical activity counseling, for better bone health after an insufficiency fracture.

You can take the first step in protecting your bones and decreasing your risk for fractures today by participating in our Osteoporosis prevention and treatment program, Strong Bones for Life. Call us directly to enroll — 440.329.2800 — or ask your primary care physician for more details.

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