Bone loss slowly increases as part of the natural ageing process. It is more rapid in women for several years after the menopause. Bone loss can lead to osteoporosis and an increased risk of broken bones (fractures).
The main reasons why people develop osteoporosis are genes, age and gender. Other risk factors include smoking, drinking more than three units of alcohol a day and not being active.
How can physiotherapy help?
Physiotherapy can help you strengthen your bones, as well as your muscles. It can prevent bone thinning, reduce falls and help you manage any pain.
Bone is a living tissue that can be improved through some types of exercise. A physiotherapist can work with you to find activities that suit your needs and that will strengthen your bones.
Sometimes a compression fracture, when bones in the spine collapse, can produce pain. Physiotherapy can help to manage this pain.
Osteoporosis is more common in older people and often the reason why they fall. Falling is a common problem for people aged 65 and over. If you are at risk of falling, a physio can help you improve your balance.
Physios are the third largest health profession after doctors and nurses. They work in the Hospitals, in private practice, for charities and in the work-place, through occupational health schemes.