What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a disease that can affect everyone and causes bone matter to become porous. Normally, bone constantly breaks down and becomes replaced. However, with osteoporosis, the amount of replacement cannot keep up with the loss of bone.
Why is this a problem?
These porous bones lead to breaks and fractures that can occur from falls and to an extreme, even sneezing. This disease also decreases range of motion in all areas of the body. The most common areas that are affected most by Osteoporosis are the spine, wrist, and hip. The spine can dissolve which can lead to back pain, hunched postures, and loss of height. Affected hip bones can break from a fall, which may result in disabilities that can increase the risk of death within 5 years post fall. Wrists can develop chronic pain which may lead to a decrease in use of the affected hand.
Statistics associated with Osteoporosis
54 million Americans have Osteoporosis
½ women and ¼ men age 50 and up will break a bone due to osteoporosis
The disease is accountable for 2 million broken bones and 19 billion in related costs every year
By 2023, scientists calculated that this disease will be responsible for approx. 3 million fractures and 25.3 billion in costs annually
Osteoporosis is a silent disease
Fractures related to Osteoporosis occur about every 3 seconds
What can you do to decrease the spread or prevent osteoporosis?
Weight bearing exercises can strengthen bones and prevent additional bone loss. Increase participation in activities that can help encourage balance and healthy spinal posture.
Examples of exercises:
Fast walking on treadmill
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