Here are important factors to consider when living with osteoporosis:
1. Dietary measures
A diet rich in calcium and vitamin D provides the body with important minerals that form the building blocks of bones.
2. Weight bearing exercises
Always seek approval from a physician before starting any exercise program, especially if have been diagnosed with osteoporosis. Simple exercises like walking and climbing up a flight of stairs are beneficial. A physical therapist will prescribe an exercise program tailored to the needs of the patient.
3. Muscle strengthening exercises
Supervised weight training helps improve muscle strength. A physical therapist may recommend the use of tools such as elastic bands, free weights and exercise equipment. Patients are also encouraged to use their own body weight to perform a number of exercises.
4. Core stabilization exercises
These exercises improve posture and balance. They help in the prevention of falls, injuries and fractures. Yoga and Pilates are examples of exercise used to improve posture and balance. All exercises should be done under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist.