Wellness & Education

Tips for Living with Osteoporosis 

Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens bones, making it easier for them to break. Fortunately, not everyone who has osteoporosis winds up with broken bones. However, if you have osteoporosis, your bones need special care and protection.  

Falls are one of the major types of accidents that lead to broken bones. To prevent falls, begin by removing trip hazards from your house. Trip hazards include loose rugs, extension cords, pet toys, etc. Lighting can also make a big difference. You’re much less likely to fall when you can see where you’re going. Wherever floors are likely to be wet and slippery, install sturdy handrails.  

In addition to making your home safer, you can also work to improve your strength and balance, so you’ll be less prone to falls. Remaining active, and keeping in shape, will strengthen your muscles and help you move with greater confidence. Wearing sturdy, well-fitting footwear will help to keep your footing stable. You can also take balance classes that are specifically designed to prevent falls.  

Once you realize you have osteoporosis, you should do what you can to prevent further weakening of your bones. Diet and exercise can help with this. Since calcium helps harden bones, you should make sure to consume 1000 to 1200 mg of dietary calcium a day. In addition, you should do strength training exercises. These exercises put low levels of stress on the bones, which helps to make them stronger.  

If you do suffer broken bones, you may have to deal with pain. If the broken bones are in your spinal column, your pain may be long term. In this situation, it’s important to see an interventional pain management specialist.  These specialists treat the pain itself while working to resolve the cause of the pain to the extent that this is possible. They also work with other specialists who provide relief in a variety of ways. These specialists include rehab therapists, spine surgeons, mental health professionals (since pain and depression are frequently linked), etc.