World Osteoporosis Day 20th October 2023


Osteoporosis is a common and growing diagnosis in the UK. It is normally a chronic condition characterised by weakening of the bones, making them more susceptible to fractures. It often affects the hip, wrist, or spine. Symptoms may include stooped posture, pain associated with fractures, and lower back pain due to repeated spine fractures. Although it is often referred to a a silent condition as it can have no symptoms. Osteoporosis is usually diagnosed after taking your history through a bone mineral density (BMD) test or DEXA scan.

Osteopaths cannot cure osteoporosis, but we can be an important part in recognising symptoms, assessing and referring for diagnosis. Osteopaths can support you with the appropriate advice and help to signpost you for further help.

Osteopaths can also give advice to people of any age on how to best maintain good bone health

There are certain factors that put us at a higher risk.

  1. Age: It is more common above the age of 50.
  2. Sex: Women are more susceptible to osteoporosis than men, especially after menopause.
  3. Family history: Having a family history of osteoporosis or a parental history of hip fracture can increase the risk.
  4. Menopause: Women who experience menopause are at a higher risk due to hormonal changes that affect bone density.
  5. Low body weight: Individuals with a low body weight or body mass index (BMI) are more prone to osteoporosis.
  6. Smoking: Smoking has been linked to an increased risk of osteoporosis.
  7. Poor nutrition: A diet low in calcium and vitamin D, as well as excessive alcohol consumption, can contribute to the development of osteoporosis.
  8. Long-term use of high-dose steroid tablets: Prolonged use of high-dose steroid tablets, such as those used for arthritis or asthma, can increase the risk.
  9. Certain medical conditions: Conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, hyperthyroidism, and malabsorption problems may also increase the risk.

It’s important to note that these risk factors do not guarantee the development of osteoporosis, and you do not stop taking any prescribed medication without consulting your doctor first.

If you are looking for self-help tips and lifestyle changes to manage osteoporosis, here are some suggestions:

  1. Exercise regularly: Engaging in weight-bearing exercises, such as walking, jogging, or dancing, can help improve bone density and strength. Encouraging this is children is particularly important.
  2. Eat a balanced diet: Ensure that your diet includes adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D, which are essential for bone health. Good sources of calcium include dairy products, leafy green vegetables, and fortified foods. Vitamin D can be obtained from sunlight exposure or through dietary sources such as fatty fish and fortified products.
  3. Avoid smoking and limit alcohol consumption: Smoking and excessive alcohol intake can negatively impact bone health.
  4. Fall-proof your home: Take steps to reduce the risk of falls at home by removing tripping hazards, installing handrails on stairs, and ensuring proper lighting.
  5. Consider supplements: If your doctor determines that you are not getting enough calcium or vitamin D from your diet alone, they may recommend supplements.
  6. Talk to your doctor: It’s important to consult with a healthcare professional who can provide personalised advice and guidance based on your specific needs and medical history.
  7. Medication adherence: If your healthcare professional has prescribed medication to manage osteoporosis, it’s important to take it as directed and follow up regularly.
  8. Regular check-ups: Schedule regular check-ups with your healthcare professional to monitor your bone health and discuss any concerns or changes in symptoms.

Remember, this information is meant to complement medical treatment and should not replace professional advice. Please consult your doctor or a qualified healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment options for osteoporosis.

We have three Osteopaths at The Trinity Practice, Kevin Partridge, Emma Childs and Emma (Chip) Chippendale Ceely.

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