Bay Area Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy located in Lafayette, CA

Osteoporosis leads to nearly 9 million fractures worldwide each year, according to the International Osteoporosis Foundation. Because this chronic condition is known for weakening bones, it’s important to start building up bone strength with the help of the team at Bay Area Physical Therapy in Lafayette, California. Whether you’re in the early stages of osteoporosis or have advanced bone loss, the team is dedicated to working with you. Schedule your osteoporosis evaluation online or over the phone today.

Osteoporosis Q & A

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What causes osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a chronic condition that causes your bones to become more porous. Your bones are made of living tissues that are constantly being replaced.

With osteoporosis, your body can’t create new bone tissues fast enough to replace old bone tissues. This leads to overly weak and brittle bones. You’re more likely to develop osteoporosis if:

  • You’re older
  • It runs in your family
  • You have a smaller frame size

While osteoporosis affects women and men, women are much more likely to struggle with it due to the drop in estrogen that occurs with menopause. Generally, one in three women over age 50 develops osteoporosis, while only one in five men over 50 develops it.

Can I tell if I have osteoporosis?

You likely won’t be able to tell if you have osteoporosis unless it’s in an advanced stage. In advanced stages, signs and symptoms can start surfacing. For instance, if you have osteoporosis, you’re more likely to break a bone easily by doing something that wouldn’t ordinarily cause an injury, like stubbing your toe. Other clues of osteoporosis include:

  • Stooped posture
  • Chronic back pain
  • Loss of height

The only way to know for sure if you have osteoporosis is to have a thorough medical evaluation that includes X-ray imaging and possibly a bone density test.

How is osteoporosis treated?

The team at Bay Area Physical Therapy has specialized training in treating osteoporosis and preserving healthy bone tissue. They also teach exercises and strengthening techniques that are proven to help build strong bones and minimize bone loss. Your osteoporosis physical therapy plan could include:

  • Weight-bearing exercises
  • Balancing and strengthening exercises
  • Pilates or cardio training

Regular physical therapy sessions not only keep your bones healthy, they can even help you recover if you have suffered from a bone fracture. The team will work with you so you can learn about nutrition and optimal eating habits.

Before osteoporosis begins affecting your quality of life, schedule a consultation at Bay Area Physical Therapy by calling or clicking to today.