Osteoporosis is a silent disease because it progresses without visible symptoms. There are no symptoms in the early stages. Most people do not know that they have it until a bone breaks. It can be from a fall or something as slight as a bear hug. A sneeze or sudden movement can be enough to break a bone in someone with severe osteoporosis. Later in the disease you can notice kyphosis or a stooped posture. A dowager’s hump becomes apparent. There can be neck or back pain due
Our bodies are always breaking down bone and replacing it with new bone. In the reabsorption stage, the old bone is broken down and in the formation stage, new bone is built. It is constantly being renewed throughout our lives. As we age the replacement process slows down. Bone is a living tissue, which has little spaces which get larger as we lose bone density. To make matters worse, the outside of the bone thins as well. Calcium and phosphate are essential for bone forma
As desk jobs increase, the number of people with good posture decreases. Sadly, poor posture is now developing at younger and younger ages and is being observed even in our middle school population. This is partially due to the prevalence of hand held devices causing one to jut the head forward in order to read the screen and spending a lot of time sitting in front of a computer. Using the computer all day will lead to a rounding of a person’s back and cause their chin to go
A weak core in a cancer survivor can lead to further health issues such as poor balance and poor posture. Balance issues can develop due to some types of chemotherapy, neuropathy, reconstructive surgery and sarcopenia. Cancer survivors need to be concerned with maintaining good balance. The core is one of the muscle groups that is needed to maintain good balance. Good balance can decrease the risk of falls. A large percentage of survivors have osteopenia or osteoporosis so
The breast cancer survivor’s balance can suffer after surgical procedures. We find this to be especially acute with the TRAM flap procedure where the rectus abdominus is altered. Poor core strength has a negative effect on balance. A breast cancer survivor has to learn how to compensate for this change of muscle placement through a series of exercises designed to strengthen the remaining muscles such as the obliques. Balance can deteriorate as we age even without cancer.
Balance exercises will help you regain function and mobility for activities of daily living and are a key component for recovery after cancer surgery and treatments. Your balance can suffer after surgical procedures and this is especially acute with the TRAM flap procedure where the rectus abdominus is altered. Poor core strength, caused by the change in placement of the rectus abdominus, has a negative effect on your balance. After a TRAM flap operation, you will need to le