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As we get older, it can be easy for our bones to become more frail if we’re not careful. Making sure to keep active and healthy throughout your life can be a great way to prevent this, however sometimes you may still find yourself with the condition. At Graceville Physio, we offer methods of prevention, and effective osteoarthritis or osteoporosis treatment to help you lead a pain-free life.
Contact us today to discuss your declining bone health, or start taking active care of your bones to ensure you stay active for many years.
What is bone health?
Bone health refers to osteoarthritis or osteoporosis, or any condition where you experience low bone mineral density. Low bone mineral density is when you experience weakening of the bones which is common when people get older. This condition can be experienced by anyone, including young men and women, but is most commonly experienced by post-menopausal women. In essence, this makes it much easier to damage or break bones from something simple, such as missing a step or falling over.
These conditions are usually influenced by a variety of factors, such as:
- changes in hormones (menopause for women, reduced testosterone levels for men)
- inadequate calcium and vitamin d
- lack of bone loading in earlier years
While obviously some of these factors, such as genetics, can’t be changed, others can be achieved at any stage of life.
How do I improve my bone health?
People under 18
For people who are young and still in stages of development, its very important to engage in a variety of physical activities that expose their bones to new ‘loads’. This is what makes bones adapt and grow stronger. The best things for this are sports, or activities that include running, jumping, changing direction and even resistance exercises. If you’ve passed the ‘growing stages’, don’t worry. You can still work on this into older adulthood.
People aged 18-64
In adulthood, impact activities such as running and jumping, or weight training are still the best method. The World Health Organisation recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity plus two strength training sessions per week for those aged between 18-64 years old, which can be especially difficult if you’re working from home. For the best bone health results, any strength training needs to be quite heavy, so it’s best to consult a professional for the best technique and a gradual progression.
People aged 65 or older
For those aged 65 or older, it’s even more important to maintain good bone health than any other stage of life, as after this age the decline of bone density is more rapid. Weight training is still important, under the guidance of a professional. It’s also quite common that the risk of falls increases for those this age, due to a range of factors such as reduced balance or poor eyesight. To help this, classes such as pilates or specific balance classes can be valuable.
Why should I be concerned about my bone health?
Well, your bones hold you up, for starters. Not taking care of your bone health when you’re younger can lead to diminished capacity as you get older. Not only will you be more susceptible to breaks, you may experience a limited range of movement or pain associated with osteoporosis or osteoarthritis.
These are very common conditions, and usually not something that crosses the mind of younger people until they start experiencing it. We aim to educate each of our physio patients about the benefits of improving bone health as early as possible.
If you’re already experiencing a decline in bone health, our experienced physiotherapists can work with you to reduce your pain and get you moving again.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best treatment for osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis can be initially treated with anti-inflammatory medication for pain relief and to reduce swelling. However, for effective, long-term relief, we recommend an ongoing osteoarthritis treatment from a professional physiotherapist.
What is the difference between osteoarthritis and arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition, where the immune system attacks the joints of the body. Osteoarthritis, on the other hand, is caused by wear and tear on joints throughout life, which is why ongoing physiotherapy can be a great treatment for lasting pain relief.
Contact Graceville Physio, Pain Slayers for effective osteoporosis treatment Brisbane
No matter what stage of life you’re at, bone health is something to take very seriously. At Graceville Physio, Pain Slayers we offer personalised treatment plans that take into account your situation and your life. Come see our qualified physiotherapists for effective osteoporosis and osteoarthritis treatment and take back your life today.