Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy Clinics
6/152 Greenmeadows Drive
Port Macquarie NSW 2444
Tel: (02) 6584 5379
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Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become weakened and develop holes in them. When this happens fractures may occur. Spinal fractures are common and very serious. They may lead to a type of deformity known as kyphosis, in which the spine hunches forward to accommodate the bone loss. A bone density test may reveal that you have lost height, a common situation in older women as menopause sets in and oestrogen levels are reduced. However younger women – and men – are also known to suffer from osteoporosis. Smoking, genetics, low calcium and a sedentary lifestyle are key contributors to this condition.
Many people do not realise they have osteoporosis until they have a bone density test, or begin to suffer from back ache; hence the reason it is sometimes called “the silent thief.” Dull pain develops in the neck or back and later increases. Difficulty walking and frequent falls are also symptoms of osteoporosis. The good thing though, is that it is preventable with medical intervention, lifestyle changes and physiotherapy.
A thorough evaluation of your physical condition and lifestyle is the first step in your therapy program. We will assess your strength, range of motion, posture and balance before drawing up a customised plan for your needs. Weight bearing exercises such as walking and weight training form the core of this program. Pain management is addressed through ultrasound, massage and heat.
Proper posture and balance are especially important to someone suffering from osteoporosis, as this can prevent falls which can lead to fractures. Therefore, we will work on these areas through exercise and gait training. We may also train you in safe transfers in and out of bed, from standing to sitting and vice versa and getting in and out of a vehicle.
In an effort to restore or maximise your independence, we may also conduct a home or workplace visit. The purpose of this is to ensure that your surroundings are safe and free of clutter which can lead to falls. We will also educate you on more efficient ways to perform activities of daily living and your job, for the same reason. By participating in physiotherapy and making certain lifestyle changes, you can fight this disease and achieve your goal of living a healthy life.
Call Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy Clinics for an appointment.
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