Did You Know You Can Improve Your Bone Density With Physical Therapy?

By Kaylee Weber, PT, DPT, Clinic Manager
ApexNetwork Physical Therapy – Gillespie, IL Clinic

Did You Know You Can Improve Your  Bone Density With Physical Therapy?October 12 – 20 is national Bone Health Week. Bone loss or weakening is a common problem associated with aging. The bone minerals can begin to degenerate over time. DXA scans can measure precisely how much bone mineral density you have via a T score. T-scores of -1.0 or above are normal; anything ranging between -1.0 and -2.5 is considered low bone density or osteopenia. T-scores ranging from -2.5 or below are considered osteoporosis.

Bone mineral density begins to weaken gradually, but females tend to show demineralization during the first decade after menopause. Osteoporosis causes an increased risk of height loss, fractures of the hips, wrists, and vertebrae and chronic pain. The symptoms of your osteoporosis are generally not obvious unless you have a fracture. You may not even know that you have the disease until you break a bone, or a test shows that you have low bone mineral density. Studies show that after an initial fracture, secondary fractures are common in osteoporosis.

Bone Strengthening Exercise
Weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening (resistance training) exercises have proven to be beneficial for rebuilding bone density and for maintaining bone mass. Physical therapists are well-trained in helping patients improve bone regeneration and keep patients safe with custom-tailored and specific plans that are most advantageous for each individual patient’s needs.

Improving balance, strength, and flexibility are critical to staying safe. If a person has advanced osteoporosis, they will obviously be given a much less intensive plan than a person that might have the beginning stages of osteopenia. Examples of low impact exercise programs are aquatic therapy, elliptical machines, walking, and low-impact aerobics. Some examples of muscle-strengthening exercises are using resistance bands, resistance training with your own body weight (squats or lunges), handheld weights, or weight machines.

A Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) knows what will help and what could potentially harm a patient and therefore, is the optimal choice for helping patients improve bone mass, alleviate falls, improve range-of-motion and prevent osteoporotic fractures.

Personalized Plans
A physical therapist can also help patients map out an at-home plan to keep their bones and joints healthy. These can include things like discussing diet options, recommending certain supplements, endorsing a few minutes in the sun (vitamin D3), giving you at-home exercises, and reviewing certain medications that may be contributing to your bone loss (steroids).

Additional Benefits of Physical Therapy
Whether it’s a backache, sore shoulder, knee pain, or a sprained ankle, physical therapy can help most people. Perhaps you’re having trouble regaining strength after a surgery or hospitalization or you’re working to regain abilities lost due to a stroke or a workplace injury, ApexNetwork Physical Therapy can be the solution to getting you back to doing the things you love.

Apex Physical Therapy
With more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, ApexNetwork Physical Therapy® has become a leading resource for outpatient physical therapy. We are a privately-owned, full-service physical therapy provider. Always delivering on our promise of an experience that is unmatched, our programs are all designed to help you heal as quickly and as safely as possible. At ApexNetwork Physical Therapy®, we place a strong emphasis on patient education as well as hiring the most talented and committed medical professionals in the field.

We believe that our commitment in doing so has been the reason for our lasting success and becoming a provider of choice for long-term healing. Our philosophy is quite simple –to be the best in rehabilitation!

For more information about how ApexNetwork Physical Therapy can help you get on the road to recovery, call us, stop by a clinic, or visit us online at ApexNetworkPT.com. We’d be thrilled to welcome you into our family!

ApexNetwork Physical Therapy
locations in Kentucky:

814 Highway 36
(606) 393-0953

272 Kroger Center Drive
(606) 393-0304

Mt. Sterling
513 Maysville Road
(859) 878-2890

156 W. College Ave.
(606) 393-6505

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