Osteoporosis, or "porous bones," is a progressive disease that causes bones to weaken and become brittle – so brittle, in fact, that a sudden strain or fall, can result in a fracture. Typically, such fractures occur in the hip, spine or wrist, but they can happen anywhere, at any time.
Today, more than 10 million Americans have been diagnosed with Osteoporosis and an additional 34 million are at risk. Although four times more women than men are likely to be affected – and about 55% of these individuals are older than 50 years – osteoporosis can strike anyone … at any age.
Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation offers a specialized Osteoporosis Treatment Program to help individuals manage this condition more successfully. This integrated program combines medical evaluation, physical and occupational therapies, exercise and education in an effort to build strength, restore mobility, reduce pain and decrease risk of fractures.
We draw on the experience and expertise of our staff to tailor services to individual needs. We also offer the most advanced treatment and prevention strategies to help those with osteoporosis, as well as those at risk for this disease, manage their condition. This conservative, yet highly effective approach helps to:
- Increase strength and balance
- Decrease the risk of falls and fractures
- Provide postural re-education
- Slow the process of bone loss
Early detection and treatment are key to managing osteoporosis. Kessler's Osteoporosis Treatment Program begins with a comprehensive evaluation to determine the individual's needs and rehabilitation goals. Based on a detailed medical history, physical examination and diagnostic studies, our physicians prescribe a treatment plan that addresses both medical and functional concerns, including pain management.
Specialized Care & Services
Studies have shown that exercise and therapy can be effective in building strength and restoring balance in individuals with or at risk for osteoporosis. Kessler's team of physical and occupational therapists will implement the individual's program, which may include:
- Exercises to increase bone strength, improve posture and decrease the risk of fracture
- Training to improve balance and coordination
- Treatments to reduce pain
- Fitting with orthoses, if recommended
- Instruction in the use of adaptive equipment to help with daily activities
Home exercise will also be provides to help reinforce and maintain gains made. The therapy team will carefully monitor progress throughout the course of treatment and will adjust the plan accordingly. We will also communicate with the primary or referring physician to ensure continuity of care.
For More Information
For more information about Kessler's Osteoporosis Treatment Program, contact or call Kessler's West Orange, Saddle Brook or Chester Campus.