Osteoporosis, Fracture, & Fall Prevention With Patrick Donovan, PT, DPTSep 13, 2023
According to the CDC, 51.5% of women over 50 have low bone mass. This statistic blew our mind! Without proper treatment, this can develop into osteoporosis and greatly impact your fracture risk, mobility, and quality of life.
Unless you get a DEXA scan, it’s hard to know if you have low bone mass. Maintaining your strength and balance can be the difference between living independently or in an assisted living facility…or between an assisted living facility and long-term care.
So those who want to maintain their mobility and independence as long as possible need to be vigilant about lifestyle choices that promote good bone health.
Join us for this informative interview about how to prevent and treat low bone mass to reduce your risk of fractures and osteoporosis with Patrick Donovan, PT, DPT who works in geriatric outpatient orthopedics in Denver, Colorado.
Highlights From This Episode
[0:00] Topic introduction.
[1:55] How Dr. Donovan got into treating osteoporosis.
[5:40] What is osteoporosis and how is it diagnosed?
[7:05] Who is appropriate for a DEXA scan?
[7:44] 4 pillars of osteoporosis, fall, and fracture prevention - Nutrition & medication; posture/strength; balance; impact/resistance.
[8:55] Signs of low bone mass and osteoporosis. (Screening tools for fracture risk.)
[13:40] What do bone health medications do?
[16:51] Strength building dosage to build bone mass.
[23:49] Importance of impact training for bone health.
[35:33] Improving posture for someone with low bone mass or osteoporosis.
[43:03] Balance recommendations for fracture prevention.
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