May 2015 is osteoporosis month so we thought that we would offer a little more information about this condition and the importance of building strong bones for life!
In the UK it is estimated that around 3 million people have osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition where the support struts that make up the inside of most bones becomes thinner, causing the bones to become fragile and breaking easily, causing pain and disability.
One in two women and one in five men over the age of 50 in the UK will fracture a bone, usually due to poor bone health. Osteoporosis often gives no symptoms to alert you until the worst happens and you break a bone. This means that many people living with osteoporosis are unaware that they have fragile bones until this happens, sometimes with devastating consequences. A new study published by the International Osteoporosis Foundation suggested that 37% of men that sustain an osteoporosis related hip fracture will die in the first year following the break.
Gender, genetics, age, race and low body weight are all contributing factors but people who excessively smoke or drink are at greater risk. However, there are ways you can prevent the condition, and to reduce your chance of breaking a bone if you do get it. Our Osteopaths here at The Mersea Road Clinic can give you dietary, exercise and lifestyle advice to help manage your risk factors and reduce the impact of the condition on your lifestyle. Our Osteopaths can also screen you for the condition using a special screening tool called the FRAX questionnaire.
To find out more about the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis, contact the National Osteoporosis Society via their confidential helpline (0845 450 0230) or by visiting their website at: www.nos.org.uk. Our Osteopaths are also trained to advise and inform you on all aspects of this condition. If you have any concerns about osteoporosis, why not give our clinic a call on 01206 548899 to see how we might be able to help.