“You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream…”- C.S. Lewis
Two of the things we strive to address in our Physical Therapy clinic are education and prevention. These two pillars can help empower our patients to live their life actively and independently, constantly setting and achieving new goals.
Unfortunately, obstacles can arise, especially as we age. With advanced age, not only does our risk for osteoporosis increase, but our fall risk can increase as well. These two factors can combine for a dangerous combination of injury and disability that can be life-altering.
Fortunately though, with physical therapy we can prevent and effectively treat osteoporosis, reducing the risk for disability and serious injury. A 2010 research study1 examined the effectiveness of physical therapy to treat older adults with osteoporosis. All of the subjects included in the article were women, at least 65 years old, and participated in physical therapy that consisted of gentle walking, balance training, and strengthening activities performed twice a week for 8 weeks. The article concluded that balance and strength activities provided by a Licensed Physical Therapist are “effective in improving postural control and lower-limb strength in elderly women with osteoporosis” thereby improving their everyday function.
If you have any questions or concerns about preventing or managing osteoporosis, please seek advice from your primary Physician or your local Physical Therapist.
Cole Racich, PT, DPT
Advance Physical & Aquatic Therapy
1. Burke TN, Franca FJ, Ferreira de Meneses SR, Cardoso VI, Marques AP. Postural control in elderly persons with osteoporosis: Efficacy of an intervention program to improve balance and muscle strength: a randomized controlled trial. Am J Phys Med Rehabil 2010; 89(7): 549-556.