November is Osteoporosis awareness month. At our Physiotherapy and Wellness Clinic in Oakville, we work with patients who have issues directly related to their Osteoporosis as well as those experiencing other issues who have Osteoporosis / Osteopenia. Those with Osteoporosis or who are at risk of developing Osteoporosis can benefit from Physio, Massage and Chiropody for a multitude of reasons.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a disease of low bone mass and decreased bone density. Because of this increased bone fragility, it leaves people more prone to to broken bones (fractures). These fractures are more likely to happen in the wrist, spine, hip and shoulder. Osteoporosis and a decrease in bone density can occur without symptoms. This is why it is important to know your family history, do as much as you can to prevent it from occurring or delay its progress, as well as have a family doctor who will follow you. Having a family doctor who is able to identify your level of risk and guide you in the screening (and treatment) process is vital. Osteoporosis although more common in women can also be experienced by men. We start to loose bone density in our 30’s. This is another reason why physical activity is so important when we are younger to put extra bone in the bank!
While Physiotherapy can help after an Osteoporosis fracture to help increased mobility, range of motion, strength and overall function, it can also help in the prevention of these fractures. A Physiotherapist can give strengthening and fall prevention exercises to someone at risk of an Osteoporotic fracture to help decrease the chance of falls. A Physiotherapist can also help a person with Osteopenia and Osteoporosis maintain an active lifestyle and provide them with exercises and activities that are safe for them to perform along with exercises that will help with posture and prevent wedge fractures of the upper back. If you are at risk for spinal fractures and forward bending is an issue, having a Chiropodist take care of your routine foot and nail care is beneficial. Also, having a stable base of support from proper footwear can help with balance. Custom Orthotics to aid in stability is another item in overall care to consider. Massage Therapy can help with relaxation, pain, and to loosen tight and protective muscles. Click on Osteoporosis Canada for some good information on exercise guidelines and information on the importance of exercise. Check with your Physician or Physiotherapist for exercises that would be best for you.