While my last post went into detail about how to stay ahead of osteoporosis caused fractures, this post is to give readers an idea of what the recovery process can be like for individuals with osteoporosis-related fractures.
Many individuals with osteoporosis, a bone disease that weakens the bones and makes them more susceptible to breaks, don’t realize they have the disease until they suffer a fracture. These injuries usually wouldn’t happen to healthy individuals, but osteoporosis victims can suffer a fracture by just rolling over in bed.
Because of the fragile bones, it’s hard to get started with physical therapy. Individuals without the disease need to be patient with fractures and not rush their recovery. Now imagine someone with extremely fragile bones. They must really take their time before they begin building strength and rehabbing the body part affected by the fracture.
In these early stages of recovery, a physical therapist can assist patients in pain management. The PT will show the individual ways to walk, sleep and do general day-to-day activities in ways that reduces pain to the fractured bone.
Once the break has healed, patients should continue their physical therapy under the supervision of a PT. They can go on their own with a detailed exercise program, but they should have a professional supervising them to prevent further fractures. A patient might think they are doing the exercise properly when they are not, and that increases the risk of another break.
Patience is the most important thing for when osteoporosis patients are rehabbing fractures. Injuries that took a few weeks to heal and another few weeks to rehab earlier in the individual’s life may take months longer because of the disease. I can’t stress enough how vital it is to the patient’s well-being to take their time with their recovery. Don’t rush! The bones are weaker than normal bones and trying to do too much too soon is a recipe for disaster.