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WHAT IS OSTEOPOROSIS?

WHAT IS OSTEOPOROSIS?


Osteoporosis is a global health concern, particularly affecting individuals aged 50 and over. It leads to weakened and fragile bones, making them susceptible to fractures from minor incidents such as a bump, a sneeze, or a sudden movement. . These fractures can have severe consequences, causing pain, disability, and even life-threatening situations.


The impact of osteoporotic fractures is substantial, resulting in significant socio-economic burdens on societies and healthcare systems worldwide. Unfortunately, despite available medical interventions, a small percentage of affected individuals receive proper diagnosis and treatment. In 2010, in Europe alone, over 12 million people at high risk for osteoporotic fractures did not receive the necessary treatment.

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5 TOP TIPS FOR MAINTAINING HEALTHY BONES


  1. Regular Exercise: Engaging in consistent physical activity helps maintain bone density and strength. According to Wolff's Law, bones adapt to the stresses they undergo, leading to internal reinforcement.

  2. Balanced Nutrition: A diet rich in essential bone-strengthening nutrients such as calcium, vitamin D, and protein is crucial. Sun exposure aids in obtaining sufficient vitamin D.

  3. Positive Lifestyle Choices: Maintaining a healthy body weight and avoiding harmful habits like smoking and excessive alcohol consumption contribute significantly to bone health.

  4. Identifying Risk Factors: Recognising potential risk factors, such as previous fractures, a family history of osteoporosis, or the use of medications like long-term steroids, is vital for proactive bone health management.

  5. Screening and Treatment: If recommended, individuals should undergo a Dexa scan (bone density test). For those at high risk, a combination of medication and lifestyle adjustments may be necessary to minimise fracture risks.

These steps collectively aim to reduce the likelihood of osteoporotic fractures and enhance overall bone health. Taking proactive measures, especially with advancing age, is crucial for preserving skeletal well-being. To find out more information about osteoporosis have a look at worldosteoporosisday.org.


HOW CAN OSTEOPATHY HELP WITH OSTEOPOROSIS?


An osteopath can play a supportive role in managing osteoporosis, a condition characterised by weakened bones. While an osteopath can't cure osteoporosis, they can help improve mobility, alleviate pain, provide nutritional support to enhance overall musculoskeletal health. Osteopaths use gentle manual techniques to improve joint mobility, reduce muscle tension, and enhance overall joint function. These techniques are adapted to accommodate the fragility of bones in individuals with osteoporosis.


Osteopaths can assess posture and provide guidance on maintaining proper alignment to reduce stress on vulnerable bones. At Health Point Practice our osteopaths can recommend safe and effective exercises to improve strength, balance, and coordination, which can help reduce the risk of falls and fractures.


See if we can help you today, book an appointment with one of our expert team.


Ed

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