Osteoporosis causes the bones to become weak and brittle. Approximately 50 percent of women over the age of 50 may suffer some kind of fracture as a direct result of osteoporosis. When this condition develops, it can make a number of tasks more challenging and potentially dangerous, and it may also complicate recovery for those individuals who have been hospitalized recently.
How could this complicate recovery?
One goal of hospitals today is to reduce their readmission rates, which means they don’t want their patients to have to return to the hospital because of predictable or avoidable complications.
Osteoporosis could make it more difficult for an individual to exercise or to do so comfortably. For example, a person who has been diagnosed with osteoporosis may be advised by his or her doctor to avoid certain types of strenuous activities that could place extra pressure and stress on joints and bones.
If that’s the case, and exercise happens to be one of the most effective ways to help the body get stronger, it can certainly complicate the recovery process.
Is there anything that can be done to help?
When a person has the right level of physical support on hand, they can rely on these other individuals, whether it’s a family member or home care aide, to perform a number of tasks in the house throughout the day. If they can alleviate a tremendous amount of physical pressure from their body in trying to do all these other things around the house, it can provide them the right level of strength, stamina, and also physical support to take part in various exercise routines or other activities.
It’s absolutely crucial the senior consult his or her doctor first.
Before taking on any exercise regimen, it’s highly recommended that seniors consult their doctor first. They should find out not only if they are in good enough physical condition to even attempt this type of exercise or physical activity, but if their body can handle it safely. Their doctor may recommend certain protective measures to be implemented before starting some type of activity, but it may still be possible for that senior to get the physical exercise that allows their muscles to strengthen.
It’s also highly recommended that if a doctor has suggested certain nutrients, supplements, or medications that the senior follows through and takes them as prescribed. These supplements or medications may help to strengthen bones or slow down the progression of osteoporosis.
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