Osteoporosis, which means "porous bones," causes bones to become weak and brittle-- so brittle that even mild stresses like bending over, lifting a vacuum cleaner, or coughing can cause a fracture. In most cases, bones weaken when you have low levels of calcium, phosphorous, and other minerals in your bones. Symptoms In the early stages of bone loss, you usually have no pain or other symptoms. But once bones have been weakened by osteoporosis, you may have symptoms that include:

  • Back pain, which can be severe if you have a fractured or collapsed vertebra
  • Fracture of the vertebrae, wrists, hips, or other bones
  • Loss of height over time, with an accompanying stooped posture

Risk Factors

A number of factors can increase the likelihood that you'll develop osteoporosis, including:

  • Sex- women more likely to have it
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Age-bones become weaker with age
  • Breast Cancer-chemotherapy drugs used to treat breast cancer
  • Race-white or Southeast Asian decent are at a greater risk
  • Low calcium intake
  • Smaller frame size
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Family history
  • Excess Soda Consumption
  • Tobacco use
  • Alcoholism
  • Lifetime exposure to estrogen
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Post menopausal hormone imbalance
  • Coticosteroid medications

Steps to Bone Health and Osteoporosis Prevention

It's never too late to do something about osteoporosis. Take these steps to keep bones strong and healthy throughout life:

  • Get your daily recommended amounts of calcium and vitamin D.
  • Engage in regular weight-bearing exercise.
  • Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol.
  • Talk to your healthcare provider about bone health.
  • When appropriate, have a bone density screening.
  • Add soy to your diet
  • Ask your physician about possible medications
  • Limit caffeine

How the Attentive Home Health Team Can Help

Benefits We Deliver to Hospitals

  • Reduce ¡P "revolving door" admissions.
  • Reduce length of stay.
  • Reduce urgent/emergent care.
  • Utilize outside resources to improve outcomes and control cost

Benefits We Deliver to Physicians

  • Updated clinical assessment data
  • Better case management to reduce calls
  • Early detection/Intervention for better disease management
  • Streamlined paper process
  • Improved physician follow-up
  • Clinical outcomes feedback

Benefits We Deliver to Patient/Family/Caregivers

  • Improve quality of life.
  • Maximize activity tolerance.
  • Educate on early warning signs/symptoms.
  • Reduce frequent emergency room visits.
  • Reduce repeated hospital admissions.

Home Health Can Provide (Services may include but are not limited to):

  • Patient and Family Education
  • Risk Factor Education
  • Nutrition Education
  • Ongoing Physician Communication and Coordination of Care
  • Medication Education and Management
  • Goal-Oriented Processes of Care
  • Supportive Care Education of Disease Process
  • Individual and Family Counseling
  • Assistance with ADLs
  • Home Safety and Emergency Education
  • Management and Evaluation of Patient Care
  • Restorative Therapy (PT, OT, ST)