Osteoporosis is a condition where bones become fragile and brittle leading to a higher risk of fractures. Osteoporosis occurs when bones lose minerals such as calcium more quickly than the bones can absorb them, leading to a loss of bone density.
Most people would think that this condition is one of the elderly, however osteoporosis can affect young people too. In addition it affects men as well as women. Women are more at risk because of the rapid decline of oestrogen levels in menopause. Osteoporosis has a definite Genetic component. You should always be aware of a family history of low bone density, and check yourself early if this history exists.
Glen Eira Physiotherapy, Professor Andrew Briggs and Jodi Hendler have a special interest in the prescription of osteoporosis exercise programs. The osteoporosis exercise programs are designed specifically for each patient. They will include, weight bearing and resistance exercises, balance training, postural re-education and thoracic spine health and flexibility. Our physios will also advise you on risk factors and exercises to avoid. Clients who participate in our pilates programs should notify us if they have low bone density. It is important that their physiolates programs are adapted to include higher resistance and weight bearing exercises.
- Low calcium levels
- Low Vitamin D levels, often due to a lack of sun.
- Medication such as corticosteroids, commonly used for asthma, rheumatoid arthritis etc
- In women, late puberty and early menopause
- In men, low testosterone
- Thyroid conditions
- Conditions such as Celiac, inflammatory bowel conditions
- Breast cancer medications
- Low levels of exercise