In the last post, we discussed some of the most common myths and misconceptions surrounding osteoporosis. However, understanding the full range of myths and the truths behind them is the key to making the most of your treatment options and finding the right pain management solution for you. Here's part two of our guide that will address some more common myths about osteoporosis.
You can only break a bone during a fall.
This misconception can prevent people from seeking treatment. The fact is, those with osteoporosis often have bones so weak that they just break, even if you don't actually fall. Even slight pressure is sometimes enough to trigger a break in bones that are weak and porous. This is often the case with older adults who may not be getting adequate calcium, vitamin D, and exercise. If you feel as though you've broken a bone and haven't actually fallen, it's always best to seek treatment with a BONE HEALTH SPECIALIST.
Physical therapy isn't an effective form of treatment for osteoporosis
This myth is rather misinformed, but it's certainly not an absolute. Osteoporosis treatments vary greatly, but physical therapy centers all over the country can work with patients with the condition to develop exercise and stretch routines that build bone density over time. In fact, a 2015 study published in the journal Health Services Research found that initial treatment with physical therapy results in 72% fewer costs in the year following the episode. The study compared patients who received either an MRI or physical therapy after their primary care visit.
Of course, it's also important to make a number of other lifestyle changes. And above all, you'll need to understand that experts agree that those with osteoporosis are never going to fully return to what's considered a 'normal' bone density range. There are some medications that can increase your bone density by a few percent each year over the course of several years, but it's important to find a rheumatologist willing to learn about your particular case and find a treatment that works for you.
Ultimately, understanding the facts concealed by these major misconceptions is essential to knowing the truth about osteoporosis and being able to find a rheumatologist that meets your needs. For more information about osteoporosis treatment, contact Michiana Spine.