Osteoporosis is a condition that weakens bones, making them fragile and more likely to break. At BWT Physio we have a range of physiotherapy led Osteoporosis classes that aim to help with you with this condition.
It's a fairly common condition that affects around three million people in the UK. More than 300,000 people receive hospital treatment for fragility fractures (fractures that occur from standing height or less) every year as a result of osteoporosis.
Treatment for osteoporosis is based on treating and preventing fractures and using medication to strengthen bones.
The decision about what treatment you have – if any – will depend on your risk of fracture. This will be based on a number of factors, such as your age and the results of your DXA scan.
If you're at risk of developing osteoporosis, you should take steps to help keep your bones healthy. This may include:
- taking regular exercise
- healthy eating, including foods rich in calcium and vitamin D
- making lifestyle changes, such as giving up smoking and reducing your alcohol consumption