Osteoporosis is a medical condition that causes bones to become weak and brittle. It is a progressive disease that will worsen if not diagnosed early; it is a common problem in Australia. Based on data from a recent survey, an estimated 1.2 million Australians are affected by osteoporosis. In most cases, osteoporotic fractures tend to increase as people grow old.
Poor posture, flexion, and certain types of movements are factors that can increase the risk of fractures. People with osteoporosis often experience fractures in the hip, wrist, arm, and spine bones.
In the management of osteoporosis, physiotherapy has proved to be beneficial. It helps reduce the risk of falls, reduce pain, boost muscle and bone strength, and improve posture and balance.
What causes Osteoporosis?
The common causes of osteoporosis are calcium deficiencies, an inactive lifestyle and increasing age. Evidence also suggests that females have a higher chance of suffering from osteoporosis than males. This condition is more common in older females due to reduced estrogen levels after menopause and bone loss. Osteoporosis is also likely to affect individuals who have a family history of the condition. Other factors that can increase the risk of osteoporosis include a poor diet, smoking, inappropriate level of physical activity, and alcohol intake.
What are the symptoms of Osteoporosis?
There are no notable symptoms of osteoporosis during the first stages of bone fractures. However, once your bone health weakens, you might experience the following symptoms:
- A stooped posture.
- Back pain, often caused by a collapsed vertebra.
- A bone that fractures much more easily.
- Loss of height.
People who have had a bone fracture due to osteoporosis increase their risk of future fractures. This means that possible fractures are inevitable with each new fracture.
Diagnosis and treatment of Osteoporosis
This condition is diagnosed using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), X-ray, computed tomography, and bone mineral density testing in a health care facility. It should be noted that there is no identifiable cure for osteoporosis. Treatment and management of this condition aim to decrease the risk of fractures, and it depends on the age, gender, and lifestyle of the patient, as well as the progression of the disease.
Physiotherapists from Gen Physio can provide advice and support to help individuals with osteoporosis to adopt best practices and help manage their condition. Physical therapy and exercise are critical parts of treatment upon a fracture and can help prevent future fractures.
If a senior person has a fall and suffers from a fracture, there is a good chance they will need medical attention to restore their mobility and muscle strength. It’s also important that the patient receives intensive physiotherapy while in the hospital and when they are back at home.
Schedule an appointment with Gen Physio
Professional physiotherapists at Gen Physio are equipped to perform a complete physical assessment to establish the cause of your problem. They will then discuss the problem with you and develop a treatment plan that suits your specific needs. Contact us now to learn more about our mobile physiotherapy services.