Osteoporosis is a disease where bones become fragile and weak, leading to an increased risk of fractures (broken bones).
Osteoporosis has no signs or symptoms until a fracture occurs – which is why it is often called a ‘silent disease’. It is estimated that worldwide, an osteoporotic fracture occurs every three seconds.
One in three women and one in five men over the age of 50 will suffer a fracture due to Osteoporosis.
In women over 45 years of age, fractures due to Osteoporosis result in more days spent in hospital than many other diseases, including diabetes, heart attack and breast cancer.
Women over the age of 50 face an increasing burden of responsibilities. They are often caregivers to both their parents and their children; breadwinners preparing for retirement; as well as important contributors to the communities in which they live.
Osteoporotic fractures exact a terrible toll on the quality of life of women. Everyone knows a family member or friend who has suffered an osteoporotic fracture; whether a 55 year old sister who has broken her wrist or a 78 year old grandmother who has broken her hip.
Because osteoporosis is so common, every woman must come to recognize that bone health really matters to her and the welfare of her family.
The vast majority of fractures occur amongst women aged over 65 years and men over 75 years.
Up to middle age your bone mass is largely determined by your genes and your family history. As you age, your lifestyle factors, such as exercise and diet, play a more important role in preventing osteoporosis and fractures…and these are things you can change.
Physiotherapist supervised exercise programs have been shown to increase bone density, as well as improve muscle strength and function thereby decreasing the risk of falls and fractures. Exercise programs need to be tailored for the individual.
At Lithgow Physiotherapy we have created a “Love Your Bones” program. Over 5 weekly personal sessions with your physio, we will build and tailor an exercise program to suit you, which will help build bone density, and improve muscle strength, function and balance. We will also give you the Five Lifestyle Strategies to help to reduce the risk of osteoporosis for you and your family.