Osteoporosis is a medical condition in which the bones become weak and brittle. The body constantly absorbs and replaces bone tissues. When new bone creation does not keep up with old bone removal – osteoporosis is diagnosed. Osteoporosis – bone thinning – can result in painful fractures having difficulty healing. A bone density test and blood work can detect osteoporosis.
Risk factors for osteoporosis include:
- Being female
- Low body weight
- Low sex hormones – menopause
How to Prevent Osteoporosis
Bone mineral density in females peaks at the age of 25 and worsens at menopause. Osteoporosis prevention should begin during a female’s teenage years and optimization of bone density must be beefed up during her early 20s.
Maintain your bone quality and protect yourself from osteoporosis by:
- Doing regular exercise to build more bone cells and help bone strength
- Eating a diet rich in Calcium and Vitamin D
- Avoiding smoking and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol
- Avoid soft drinks
Symptoms of Osteoporosis
Most people do not have any symptoms of osteoporosis until they experience a bone fracture.
- Chronic backache
- Core weakness
- Gradual loss of height
- Stooped posture
- Fractures of the spine, wrist, or hip
Osteoporosis is debilitating and can lead to medical conditions that can be fatal.
Treatment of Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a chronic condition that is not curable. The condition’s progression is controllable through effective physical therapy.
All-encompassing treatment includes:
- Osteoporosis medications – typically including prescription Calcium and Vitamin D supplements
- Healthy diet
- Physical Therapy with weight-bearing and resistance exercises
Physical therapy treatment helps to prevent bone loss by strengthening already weakened bones.
Physical Therapy at Spine and Sports Medicine targets and strengthens bone weakness. Most importantly, all physical therapy programs are designed to educate and train the patient on how to prevent progressive bone density loss.
The Multidisciplinary Team at Spine and Sports Medicine work to relieve patients suffering from osteoporosis from their pain.
In-depth evaluation for suspected osteoporosis:
- Medical history – including all fractures
- Body mass index (BMI)
- Sporting activity history
- Physical exercise history
- Work activity history
- Physical examination
Individualized physical therapy treatment plan for osteoporosis:
High Tech – High Touch exercise routines will be designed for the patient’s individual needs to:
- Increase core strength
- Increase balance
- Increase flexibility
- Enhance mobility
- Strengthen bone density
Medical Insurance Coverage for Osteoporosis Diagnosis and Pain Management Treatment
At Spine and Sports Medicine, there is no requirement for you to obtain an outside primary physician referral to have the cost of your osteoporosis diagnosis and rehabilitation treatment covered by your insurance plan. Most insurance plans cover the cost of diagnosing and treating osteoporosis. Our insurance experts will help you to determine your coverage and assist in processing your claims.
Discover Multidisciplinary Therapeutic Osteoporosis Treatment in One Convenient Location
If you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis – or have experienced a recent fracture and are having difficulty healing – reach out to the Multidisciplinary Team of Pain Management Experts at Spine and Sports Medicine by clicking below or calling 212.986.3888. Remember – delaying treatment will only worsen your osteoporosis. Discover pain relief benefits provided by a multidisciplinary therapeutic practice in one convenient Midtown Manhattan location – at Madison Avenue and 40th Street.