Portable Oxygen for Patients With Weak Bones

If you have a bone disorder that makes your bones weak, you know that you need to be careful to not put too much stress on yourself on a daily basis. There are also many chronic diseases that can lead to bone density loss, such as diabetes, or medications that you have to take that lead to bone loss, such as steroids taken to treat lupus.

Whether you have rheumatoid arthritis, osteopenia or celiac disease, you won't want to use a portable oxygen concentrator that is very heavy. If you need a higher oxygen dosage, you might need to use a stationary oxygen concentrator. If a lower dosage is what you need (4 LPM or less) you can still use a fairly lightweight portable oxygen concentrator.

Some believe that COPD can contribute to the loss of bone density otherwise known as osteopenia, and lead to osteoporosis. Being inactive, along with aging and inadequate oxygen in the blood stream from COPD can lead to accelerated bone loss.

Getting enough oxygen is important to all parts of your body, including your bones. Your doctor might also tell you that you should be getting more physical activity to keep from losing more bone density if you haven't gotten to the more advanced stages. Your doctor will also tell you which kinds of exercises you can be doing that won't be too strenuous, but will still give you enough physical activity.

The Lifechoice Activox Pro 4L weighs 5 pounds and can deliver a 4 LPM (liters per minute) equivalence in pulse dose oxygen. The AirSep Freestyle only weighs 4.4 lbs and can deliver up to 498 ml/min (milliliters per minute).

The smallest portable oxygen concentrator, the AirSep Focus, weighs just 1.75 pounds, but with the 2 batteries it still weighs less than 3 lbs. The Focus has a maximum oxygen capacity of 330 ml/min. If your doctor prescribes you no more than these dosage settings, you can get one of these small and light, portable oxygen concentrators. They can easily be carried around with a carry bag.

If you need one of the larger oxygen concentrators and you need to use a wheelchair to get around, you can easily mount a portable concentrator to the back of a wheelchair. Many portable concentrators offer a case and an accessory bag that easily and securely attaches to a wheelchair.

For example, the SeQual Eclipse has a wheelchair pack made especially for this. The accessory bag makes it easy to carry along an extra battery, or the AC and DC power cords, for when you need to recharge at home or in a vehicle.

If your doctor gives you the OK, you will be able to ride a bike or take a walk while wearing a small portable oxygen concentrator.You might find a backpack carry case more evenly distributes the weight, and is more comfortable to wear.

About Scott Ridl: Scott joined American Medical Sales and Rentals in 2008 as a Web Manager and Content Writer. He is a writer and designer. He is extensively trained on oxygen therapy products from leading manufacturers such as Inogen, Respironics, Chart, Invacare, ResMed and more. Scott works closely with respiratory therapists and oxygen specialists to educate the community about oxygen therapy products, COPD, asthma and lung diseases. He writes weekly columns and is passionate about educating the community on oxygen therapy and respiratory issues.

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