Osteoporosis

PPT Osteoporosis Program

Osteoporosis, or porous bone, is a disease characterized by low bone mass and structural deterioration of bone tissue, leading to bone fragility and an increased risk of fractures of the hip, spine, and wrist.

Osteoporosis is often called a silent disease because bone loss occurs without symptoms. People may not know that they have osteoporosis until their bones become so weak that a sudden strain, bump, or fall causes a hip to fracture or a vertebrae to collapse.

At PPT we have implemented a comprehensive exercise program for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis based on The University of Arizona's Bone Estrogen Strength Training (BEST) Study. The evidence suggests that the most beneficial physical activities for bone health include strength training or resistance training. Research has found that bone mass can be significantly increased by a strength training program that uses a heavier weight, low repetition routine.

In older adults exercise can reduce the risk of falling by increasing muscle mass and strength and improving coordination and balance. Exercise also improves function and delays loss of independence. Physical activity is needed to build and maintain bone throughout adulthood, and complete bed rest leads to serious bone loss.

Our program is directly supervised by a licensed physical therapist and is tailored to your individual needs.

  

Facts and Figures

Osteoporosis

  • Osteoporosis is a major public health threat for 44 million Americans, 68 percent of whom are women.
  • In the United States today, 10 million individuals already have osteoporosis and 34 million more have low bone mass, placing them at increased risk for this disease.
  • One out of every two women and one in four men age 50 and older will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime.
  • More than 2 million American men suffer from osteoporosis, and millions more are at risk. Each year, 80,000 men have a hip fracture, and one-third of these men die within a year.
  • Osteoporosis can strike at any age.
  • Osteoporosis is responsible for more than 1.5 million fractures annually, including approximately 300,000 hip fractures, 700,000 vertebral fractures, 250,000 wrist fractures, and more than 300,000 fractures at other sites.
  • Based on figures from hospitals and nursing homes, the estimated national direct expenditures for osteoporosis and related fractures total $14 billion each year.
  • Source: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)