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Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a silent condition, with little or no symptoms until a fracture occurs. Although osteoporosis can affect the whole skeleton, the most common areas to break are the wrist, spine and hip. A small percentage of people can have back or hip pain, prior to a fracture. As the condition develops, it may cause dull pain in the bones or muscles, particularly low back pain or neck pain. Subsequently, sharp pains may come on. The pain may be made worse by activity that puts weight on the area and may be accompanied by tenderness. Other symptoms include a loss of height (greater than 2cm) or a development of a hump on the back or change in body shape.


Symptoms 

Osteoporosis is a silent condition, with little or no symptoms until a fracture occurs.

Although osteoporosis can affect the whole skeleton, the most common areas to break are the wrist, spine and hip. A small percentage of people can have back or hip pain, prior to a fracture. As the condition develops, it may cause dull pain in the bones or muscles, particularly low back pain or neck pain. Subsequently, sharp pains may come on. The pain may be made worse by activity that puts weight on the area and may be accompanied by tenderness.

Other symptoms include a loss of height (greater than 2cm) or a development of a hump on the back or change in body shape.

 Treatment 

The number of osteoporosis sufferers is on the rise, with more women than men affected because their bones are smaller and because menopause lowers oestrogen levels, which is essential for healthy bones.

Women in Ireland, especially those over 60 years of age, are at a greater risk of getting a fracture because of osteoporosis than having breast cancer and cardiovascular disease put together.

Other factors that may contribute to bone loss include inadequate intake of calcium and vitamin D in older men and women, lack of weight-bearing exercise, and other age-related hormonal changes. Physiotherapy is proven to help prevent and manage this problematic condition.

Our Expertise

Our Physiotherapists have a great deal of specific clinical experience in the management of osteoporosis.

Our highly skilled Physiotherapists will provide expert treatment for your condition as well as prescribing specific weight bearing and strengthening exercises to help treat and manage your condition, giving you a way to combat this common problem.

They will use a variety of evidence based therapies and treatments to help get you back on your feet as quickly as possible.

Our physiotherapists are highly trained and qualified to provide expert care to our patients. They are fully insured and are chartered by the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP).


Osteoporosis Treatment
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