Health Watch: Osteoporosis

RAPID CITY, SD (KEVN) Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become very thin, weak, and brittle which can increase the risk of factors. Our bones should be able to be strong enough to withstand a ground level fall. Unfortunately, a lot of people become diagnosed with osteoporosis after they experienced a low trauma fracture. There are many treatments for osteoporosis, including physical therapy. A physical therapist can address many factors related to osteoporosis such as posture, balance problems, weakness, education on ADL's to reduce those risks of falls. Osteoporosis can lead to not only weakness in the bones but also weakness in the muscles, our muscles are responsible for protecting and supporting our bones with our daily activities. As our level of activities decline bone density can also decrease with that and increases that risk of a factor. Weak posture muscles can lead to impaired posture that can affect other bodily functions such as breathing and digestion. Poor posture also creates an inbalance in the body that also affects people's balance that increases the risk of falls or fractures. In addition to these, a physical therapist can also address body mechanics with normal daily activities such as folding laundry, doing dishes, or just getting up and down out of a chair to help reduce the risk of stresses on the body and reduce the risk of fractures. There is a lot that can be addressed from a physical therapy standpoint after the fracture has occurred including rehab and recovery, but in an ideal world, it would be better if we could start treating these ailments early on prior to the actual falls and fractures occurring. I'm Danielle Vrooman a physical therapist at Regional Health orthopedic and specialty hospital.>