Good morning guys my name is Tony maritato I'm a licensed physical therapist and in today's video I want to talk about pickleball and osteoporosis so osteoporosis is a thinning of the bone osteopenia is a precursor to osteoporosis but osteoporosis is a silent disease what that means is that.

You don't feel it you don't know it there's no way for you to tell if your bones are thinning until there is complications and the most common complication would be a compression fracture in the spine but osteoporosis affects both men and women it is not a women's only disease and a common question that comes up is what is the.

Best way to manage osteoporosis without medication I would not rule out medication if you talk to your physician and you've been diagnosed with osteoporosis there are some amazing medications out there but from a non-pharmaceutical perspective there are a couple recommendations that I want to share with you today the number one.

Being weight-bearing exercise so our bones respond to compression forces so when I'm walking I'm compressing the bones through my legs through my spine that compression creates a stimulus in the bone to help regain the thickness it's kind of like building building a callus so if you think of your hands you think of calluses that would form on the.

Palm of your hand if I don't do a lot of yard work and my hands get really soft and when I go out there and I rake leaves for the first time I usually develop a blister but if I do it slowly and gradually I will develop a callus a callus is a thickening of the skin the bone will also thicken with weight-bearing low or moderate impact.

Activities pickleball obviously fills that criteria because playing pickleball you're standing you're running and moving and you're you're sliding side to side you're doing a lot of impact activities on the court whether you're playing Outdoors or indoor there is a lot of beneficial movements within the game of pickleball for anybody who has.

Osteoporosis now the concern is what happens if you fall depending on the progression of the condition if you have severe osteoporosis and you fall there is a good chance that you could sustain a fracture uh the hip fracture being the most common there's also some clinical research that suggests if your bones.

Have progressed in in the thinning process to a point it's possible that the bone will fracture just because of the rapid change of Direction without even falling so I do want to warn that you have to know what the health of your skeletal system is before you pick up the sport of pickleball but pickleball can be a great option for individuals.

That are looking for low to moderate impact weight-bearing activity and just something to get out and socialize and have a good time with so if you have questions about pickleball and osteoporosis specifically let me know down in the comments below otherwise thanks so much for watching and I'll catch you on the next video.

Can Pickleball Help With Osteoporosis [Health, Safety & More]

Osteoporosis affects millions of individuals worldwide, and this is a condition that causes bones to become brittle and weak, leading to fractures.

There are several potential treatments and solutions that are often posited – but is pickleball really one of them? We took a closer look at this claim and put together all that you need to know about osteoporosis and pickleball.

About the author:
Hi, my name is Anthony (Tony) Maritato, PT. I am a licensed physical therapist and owner of Total Therapy Solutions. I have specialized in helping clients recover from total knee replacement surgery since 2002 and have created this video to help YOU. I am new to the world of Pickleball and would love to join you on this journey.

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