Osteoporosis is the term used to describe when a person’s bone mineral density is lower than normal. It occurs when the body loses bone faster than it can rebuild, resulting in the weakening of the bones themselves. Weaker of brittle bones have a significant increased risk of fracture from what may seem as an inconsequential bump or fall.
There is not cure for osteoporosis, but bone loss can be slowed down or stopped. Treatment is multifactorial, and includes a combination of medication and exercise. Both weight bearing and resistance exercises are important to maintain bone health and prevent further bone loss. These types of exercises are essential as they stimulate the specific bone building cells. Additionally, increased muscle mass will further support the joint and the bone will increase.
Under an Exercise Physiologist, a resistance or strength training program can be prescribed to not only be safe and appropriate, but effective for Osteoporosis and many other concurrent conditions. Particularly for older patients, strength and balance exercises needed to minimise falls risk and reduce the incidence of fractures.