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Osteoporosis Rehabilitation Program

Osteoporosis causes bones to be weak and porous, and is a serious risk for any aging man or woman. This bone disease is preventable and the experts at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital want to help.

About Osteoporosis

Your body constantly builds new bone to replace older bone. Bones grow stronger with a good diet and physical activity. You only have until your mid-30s to build up your bones, and after that you will slowly lose bone. Fortunately, you're never too old or too young to improve your bone health.

Osteoporosis Facts

  • In 2020 it's expected half of Americans will have weak bones
  • 1.5 million fractures will occur as a result of weak and porous bones each year
  • 1 in 5 people with a hip fracture ends up in a nursing home within a year
  • 300,000 American women will have hip fracture because of these porous and weak bones
  • 10 million people in the United States over the age of 50 have osteoporosis of the hip
  • About 4 in 10 women over 50 and 1 in 10 men will break a hip, spine, or wrist

Osteoporosis Risk Factors 

- Female sex - Fracture in first degree relative
- Advances age - Vitamin D deficiency
- Personal history of fracture after age 50 - Estrogen deficiency, especially in early menopause
- Low lifetime calcium intake - Being thin and of small frame (less than 127 pounds)

Learn more about osteoporosis risk factors.

How do I know if I have weak bones?

Bone density tests are used to detect osteoporosis and osteopenia (a common diagnosis when your bones become less dense than normal, but not low enough to be classified as osteoporosis). It also predicts risk for fracture and measures effectiveness of treatment. You can request a bone density test from your physician.

Bone density testing is recommended for:

  • Postmenopausal women with risk factors for fracture
  • Postmenopausal women who have had a fracture
  • Women age 65 and older, even without additional risk factors
  • Women considering medication for osteoporosis
  • Women who have been on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for a prolonged period

Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment

  • Balanced diet rich in calcium and vitamin D
  • Weight bearing exercise
  • Healthy lifestyle with no smoking or excessive alcohol use
  • Bone density testing and medications, when appropriate

Your Osteoporosis Treatment at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital

  • The program meets once a week for 4-6 weeks
  • Comprehensive history and physical examination
  • Balance examination and training
  • Fall risk assessment
  • Individualized exercise programs
  • Activities of daily living training
  • Optional home evaluation for fall prevention and home safety assessment
  • Home exercises to improve bone density in the spine and hip

Contact Mary Free Bed's Osteoporosis Rehabilitation Program



350 Lafayette St SE, Suite 500
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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