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What Is Osteoporosis?

What Is Osteoporosis?

03Apr

As we age our bone density slowly reduces. This occurs more most rapidly in women after menopause or can be an effect of early menopause.  This lessening of bone density can also affect men.  While it is more common in women over 50, osteoporosis can affect both sexes and at any age.  Risk factors also include smoking, drinking more than the recommended weekly guideline and not engaging in physical activity.

Those with a history of eating disorders or treatment with steroids may also be affected. Up until the age of 30 is the most important time to build up bone density. Eating enough calcium and getting regular weight bearing exercise is really important to build strong bones. It is important for women who have reached menopause to make sure that they are not suffering from calcium deficiency and they need to ensure an adequate intake of calcium to reduce the chances of osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is a chronic condition which can mean fragility or loss of bone mass and an increased risk of fracture.  Many of these fractures occur in the spine, wrist and hips, often as a result of falling.  There is however, no need for doom and gloom when it comes to the condition as physiotherapy can help you to deal with a range of issues you may face.  It can also give you the tools to live as active and accident free a life as possible.

Remember – You Can Still Exercise

A lot of people with osteoporosis become afraid to exercise or engage in even light physical activity.  This does not need to be the case as with proper guidance from your physiotherapist, you can both exercise and improve your bone health.  At Ballsbridge Physiotherapy Clinic our experts can work with you in deciding the best course of treatment which will be tailored to your specific needs.

How Can Physiotherapy Help?

  • Some people feel afraid of falling.  The risk of imbalance, falling or fractures can be reduced through physiotherapy.  Your physiotherapist can work with you on improving your balance and thus decreasing your risk of accident.
  • Physiotherapy can be used to reduce and relieve pain associated with osteoporosis.
  • A course of therapy can also help you regain mobility in the event that you do sustain a fracture.
  • It can help you strengthen your bones and also help your muscles function better

Having osteoporosis need not mean a fear of exercise or sustained pain. Working with your physiotherapist you can find activity that suits you and will strengthen your bones along the way. Ballsbridge Physiotherapy Clinic have years of experience working with clients in finding the best ways for them to enjoy life to the full

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