Osteoporosis is a bone disease that is characterized by the progressive loss of bone density. Bone is made of a dense matrix of collagen, minerals, and calcium and bone tissue is a living, changing structure that adapts to our environment. It is capable of handling great stressors. In fact, the femur (thigh bone) is the longest and strongest bone in the body which can withstand 10-15 times your body weight without breaking!
Our bones are subjected to various stressors each and every day; however, as we age, our bones become softer and less adaptable to these stressors. Nutrition, exercise, general health, the environment, as well as stress, can all play a huge part in our overall bone health. Tests such as a bone density test are used by physicians to determine the health of your bones. Having an advanced loss of bone density can lead to a diagnosis of Osteoporosis, a potentially debilitating disease.
The Centers For Disease Control, states that 10% of women over 50 years old have some level of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis, in its advancing stages, can lead to loss of height, postural change, bone fractures, increased risk for falls, and severe pain. Research has shown that with proper nutrition and exercise the progression of this disease can be slowed and, in some cases, reversed.
South County Physical Therapy, Inc. (SCPT) has a unique and innovative program which addresses all components of health and wellness related to Osteoporosis. To learn your risk factors for osteoporosis, schedule an appointment at one of SCPT’s area offices to visit one of our trained therapists. A physical therapist will conduct a complete physical assessment which evaluates your posture, balance, strength, and flexibility. Along with obtaining a detailed health history, you will be asked to complete the MEEKS Pre-Assessment Tool, which will detail your risk factors for osteoporosis. Make today the day to take care of your health and your bones!