Osteoporosis is characterized by low bone mass and structural deterioration of bone tissue, which results in weak bones that are prone to fractures. This disease affects more than 28 million Americans, 80% of whom are women. Each year, osteoporosis is associated with approximately 1.5 million fractures. The Rehabilitation Institute offers a comprehensive program for the prevention and management of osteoporosis including:
Establishing a specific exercise program. Site-specific exercises directly target the prime areas of restriction and weakness and increase the bones' density.
Improving balance. Balance training will reduce the risk of falling.
Promoting good body alignment. Four methods are taught to attain good postural habits when you walk, stand and sit.
Teaching good body mechanics during activities of daily living. Good body mechanics help prevent fractures, reduce your risk of a fall and decrease back pain.
Implementing a walking program. Walking is a weight-bearing exercise that helps combat osteoporosis.
Treating fractures. Therapeutic activities are incorporated to help manage pain and improve mobility and function.
A referral from a Florida licensed physician, nurse practitioner or physician's assistant is required.
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Family history
- Small boned
- Eating disorders
- High alcohol intake
- Delayed puberty
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- High protein diet
- Low calcium diet
- Low testosterone (men)
The management of osteoporosis is critical to a person's health and quality of life. The Rehabilitation Institute's Osteoporosis Program is designed to help support and manage the needs of people with osteoporosis. If you feel you are at risk of having this disease, please contact your physician.
For more information, call (850) 494-6161.