Osteoporosis Risk Factors Women's HealthServices

What could put you at risk?

Certain people are more likely to develop osteoporosis than others. The most prevalent risk factors are:

  • Being female
  • Having a thin and/or small frame
  • A family history of osteoporosis
  • Postmenopausal age, including early or surgically induced menopause
  • Abnormal absence of menstrual periods
  • Anorexia nervosa or bulimia
  • A diet low in calcium
  • Use of certain medications, such as corticosteroids and anticonvulsants
  • Low testosterone levels in men
  • Inactive lifestyle
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Excessive use of alcohol
  • Being Caucasian or Asian (although African Americans and Hispanic Americans are at significant risk as well)

If you have known bone density loss and/or other risk factors, contact your physician for a physical therapy referral or call 843-522-5593.

What if I’ve been diagnosed?

Your doctor can prescribe medications that can stop and even reverse bone loss. Physical therapy and exercise programs can help reduce your risk of fractures by improving strength, body mechanics and endurance. Through our Osteoporosis Program, you can learn how to manage osteoporosis with exercise and educational sessions instructed by our licensed physical therapist. In our program, you will improve your quality of life and reduce the risk of injuries by learning:

  • Principles of safe exercise
  • Proper posture and movement
  • Proper body mechanics
  • Activities for daily life
  • Home safety and acute fracture management
  • Lifelong safe exercise

If you have known bone density loss and/or other risk factors, contact your physician for a physical therapy referral or call 843-522-5593.



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