Our bones are fundamental to movement, body structure and the creation of blood cells.
What is bone density?
Unfortunately, as we age, the density of our bones (meaning how well they are stocked with minerals) decreases. This has a significant effect on our bone’s ability to absorb force, and withstand accidents such as falls. This is why older people are far more likely to experience fractures, breaks and issues with joints.
Who does it impact?
Although the general focus for low bone density and the associated conditions (like osteoporosis) are generally linked with elderly people, women are far more likely to experience issues with bone density than men. This means they may experience more serious symptoms, and begin showing these symptoms at a far earlier age.
What causes issues with bone density?
> Life-style factors – such as smoking, excessive drinking or low physical activity
> Body shape and size – having a smaller frame but holding excessive weight
> Family history – of osteoporosis and other conditions such as arthritis
> Medical conditions – that cause inflammation, issues with nutrient uptake or bone issues
> Low Vitamin D and/Calcium – Vitamin D helps Calcium to be absorbed and used by the body
How is low bone density recognised?
The best way to identify an issue with bone density is through a bone density scan. These are done fully clothed, and focus mainly on the spine and the hips of the individual. This usually requires a referral from your GP, and then a treatment plan put into place depending on your specific needs.
How can my physiotherapist help with prevention and management?
It is obvious from the major causes, there are some parts of life out of our control. However, with the right support from your physiotherapist, an exercise program utilising resistance training is proven in multiple research studies to be an effective option for improving bone density.
Don’t wait for issues like this to arise, prevent them by working with your physiotherapist today to build and maintain your bone density, and live your life to the fullest.
Trust Progressive Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy to work with you, and for you, to get you back on your feet when it counts the most. We take a holistic approach, and work alongside you every step of the way to make it as hassle-free as possible! Contact the practice for an assessment today on (02) 4721 7798, email email@example.com or book an appointment online here.