Osteoporosis, a disease characterized by low bone mass and structural deterioration, can lead to bone fragility and an increased susceptibility to fractures, especially of the hip, spine and wrist. Signs of Osteoporosis are usually silent. They include decreasing height, upper back pain, a curved upper back or a fracture with minimal trauma. The Osteoporosis Program at Siskin Hospital helps maintain bone mass and improves posture, strength and balance for those with osteoporosis or who are at risk of developing it.
Therapists plan for exercise based on the patient's bone structure and symptoms and may include balance, aquatic, and posture exercises and walking. The therapeutic pool and a nutritionist may be utilized in the program.
The patient is taught to integrate the exercise plan into their lifestyle. Independent exercise plays an important role in osteoporosis prevention. The treatment regimen includes diet, calcium supplements, and possibly other medications.
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For more information about Siskin Hospital's Osteoporosis Program, call 423.634.1389.