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What is osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a condition caused by low bone density, occurring when bones become weak and therefore more liable to fracture. The condition develops gradually and can go unnoticed until a fracture occurs due to a fall or situation involving sudden impact.
The condition is more common in women, especially after the menopause or in people who have used high dose steroids for prolonged periods. However, osteoporosis can also affect men. Overall, more than 3 million people in the UK are affected by osteoporosis. If women begin the menopause early, and are of thin stature they can be more at risk of developing the condition. Repeated or prolonged use of oral steroids also increases the risk of developing osteoporosis.
Treatment centres around dealing with actual fractures. Sometimes surgery is advisable where bones can be fixed – and certainly where this is marked spinal curvature. An operation where cement is put in around fractured bone helps reduce the stooped postures often associated with osteoporosis. Where surgery is not indicated or cannot be done, acupuncture can be used to help dull pain.
Prevention using both medication and weight bearing exercsies are essential to help both enhance and maintain bone density. Speak to your GP if you are worried about this condition, who with further tests can check what your bone density is. Or call us at The York Clinic at any time during office hours and we will be pleased to advise and treat should you be suffering pain from this chronic condition: 01483 720464
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