Magnolia Wellness Osteoporosis Strength & Conditioning Program
Dr. Haley Chance PT, DPT
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a common condition that refers to the body's bones becoming weak and brittle due to loss of bone mass. This decline in bone mass can lead to a "stooped posture" which may increase the risk of fall due to the alteration of the body's center of gravity, as well as an increased risk of fractures especially in the wrists, hips, and spine which may lead to further chronic (long-term) pain and disability. Spinal fractures can even occur without falling! over the age of 50, one in two women, and one in 6 men will suffer an osteoporosis-related fracture at some point in their lives (American College of Rheumatology).
Who's at risk for osteoporosis?
Individuals at risk include:
- Post-menopausal women
- Men over the age of 65
- Non-Hispanic white or Asian Race
- Smaller body frame size
- Family history: having a parent or sibling increases your risk, especially if your mother or father have sustained a hip fracture
- Life style: sedentary life style, excessive alcohol consumption, tobacco.
How can Dr. Chance's program help me?
Physical activity(along with physician prescribed and/or recommended vitamins and medications) is the most effective treatment for osteoporosis. Physical activity can reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis in addition to slowing down (or even stopping!) the progression of bone density loss. Dr. Chance us a licensed physical therapist with the expertise to perform movement analyses and develop a strengthening program unique to an individual's needs. Dr. Chance gas the knowledge of how to safely coach individuals with this disease and other comorbidity without posing a risk to their health and well-being. By incorporating appropriate weight bearing, postural, and balance exercises,Dr. Chance's program will help you maintain your bone mass in addition to improving your functional mobility while minimizing your fall risk.