In the UK, one in two women and one in five men over the age of 50 will fracture a bone, mainly due to poor bone health. But osteoporosis is often a silent condition, giving no pain or other symptoms to alert you to the fact until the worst happens and a bone breaks. As such, many people living with osteoporosis are unaware that they have fragile bones until this happens, sometimes with devastating consequences.
Screening - An osteopath can screen you for the condition using a special online screening tool called the FRAX questionnaire. The FRAX tool has been developed by World Health Organisation (WHO) to predict the 10-year probability of hip or other major osteoporotic fracture in patients based on determinants generally accepted to be the key risk factors.
Prevention Advice - Once a person who is at risk of developing osteoporosis or sustaining a fracture as a result has been identified, there is a lot they can do to reduce the chance of breaking a bone. Patients who are assessed as being at risk of osteoporosis will be given dietary, exercise and lifestyle advice to help manage risk factors to reduce the impact of the condition on their lifestyle. Those that are found to be at moderate to high risk will be advised to consult their GP.
We also have qualified Physiotherapists at the Centre who are also able to offer support for this condition, why not contact us for a discussion on what would be best for your specific case.
For more information see our pages on osteopathy and physiotherapy.
For more information on osteoporosis see https://nos.org.uk/