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Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation



Osteoporosis Rehabilitation

Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue, causing bones to become thin and weak.  This leads to increased risk of fracture, particularly in the hip, spine and wrist.  The disease is often called the “silent thief” because it gradually robs the bones of strength over time. Often there are no signs or symptoms until a bone fractures.  Early detection is critical to preventing fractures.

It is estimated 2 million Canadians are affected by Osteoporosis.  Fragility fractures represent 80% of all fractures in menopausal women over the age of 50.  If your risk factors indicate you are at high risk, a bone mineral density (BMD) test is generally recommended.  It is a simple, painless test that measures the amount of bone in the spine and hip.  A BMD is the gold standard test to determine if you have osteoporosis.

What are the Major Risk Factors?

  • Age 65 plus
  • Fracture of bones in the spine
  • Fracture with minimal trauma after age 40
  • Family history of osteoporotic fracture
  • Use of glucocorticoid (steriod) medication for longer than 3 months
  • Certain medical conditions such as chron's, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, over active parathyroid
  • Hypogonadism (low testosterone for males or estrogen for females)
  • Early menopause (before age 45)
  • Increased susceptibility to falls

How Can Donna Sarna Physiotherapy Help?

At Donna Sarna Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation an assessment to evaluate posture, range of motion of the extremities, back and neck, general strength, balance and coordination, and soft tissue restrictions will be performed.  Treatment will be based on individual assessment findings and may include myofascial release, education in self-release techniques, and stretches for the muscle and fascial system.  Postural education is a key component incorporating scapular/core stabilization exercises and upper and lower extremity strengthening exercises.   Guidelines for cardiovascular conditioning and fall prevention strategies are also reviewed.