Osteoporosis

We naturally lose bone density as we age, especially older ladies. Osteoporosis is a condition that weakens bones, making them brittle and fragile.

You may notice your posture changing, becoming stooped and flexed. Our patients often tell us that they feel as though they are getting shorter, are finding it difficult to reach up to the kitchen shelves or have to alter trouser leg lengths.

With restricted and uneasy movement, you are more at risk of having a fall, which in turn could lead to serious injury through broken or fractured bones, particularly in the wrist, hip and vertebra but also in the pelvis and ribs.

The postural changes you may experience can also affect your breathing, sleeping position and eating. Carrying out daily activities generally becomes more difficult and life can be physically very painful for the sufferer.

Help is at hand

Healthy lifestyle choices can help improve the condition of your bones and professional treatment through physiotherapy can strengthen the muscles that support your bones. When combined these can be helpful in combating osteoporosis, easing your symptoms and generally improving your quality of life.

Your Fairhand physiotherapist will work together with you and your family to develop a plan that is a right fit for your needs.

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Your Fairhand physio will:

  • Introduce simple and safe exercises and stretches, such as gentle weight-bearing and deep breathing, for you to practice regularly during appointments or as part of your daily routine, following our guidance
  • Provide walking aids if deemed necessary
  • Take into consideration any other underlying health issues, such as arthritis or chronic pulmonary disorder (COPD)
  • Assess your living space to avoid situations that could inadvertently be a fall hazard
  • Offer practical advice on lifestyle changes, such as drinking and smoking, and dietary tips through suggesting nourishing food, rich in minerals and vitamins, particularly calcium, vitamin C and vitamin D
  • Refer you to external organisations who can provide further support

Disclaimer

The information provided on our website is for guidance purposes only and should not be treated as medical advice or professional diagnosis. If you think you may be suffering from a medical condition you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.

Case study

Name Mrs B
Age 79
Location Croydon

When we first met Mrs B, she’d just been discharged from hospital following a hip replacement. This injury was a result of falling in her home.

This was not the first time, Mrs B had a history of falls and had previously fractured her wrist. Osteoporosis had made her bones fragile.

Fearful of falling and too scared to leave her home, Mrs B’s family were worried for her safety and were considering whether to choose a care home for her.

Fairhand met Mrs B and her family at home and worked through exercises and techniques that would improve her mobility, strength and balance.

Together, we made alterations to her household arrangement so that it’d be safer environment for Mrs B to live in.

After just two visits and with light family supervision, Mrs B felt confident enough to go out and about and is now much more active than before.

 

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