Osteoporosis: What It Is and How To Treat

Osteoporosis -  a condition which causes your bones to become weak and easily breakable

What is osteoporosis?
Around 3 million people in the UK suffer from osteoporosis which is a condition which causes your bones to become weak and easily breakable. Women are more likely than men to suffer from osteoporosis. Ageing is a significant factor, as after the age of 35, bone density begins to decrease. Other risk factors include low body weight, heavy smoking or drinking, and certain medications.

How can osteoporosis affect me?
Most people will get no warning symptoms that they have osteoporosis. The first warning will be when they get a fracture or broken bone, even after just a minor fall. Injuries related to osteoporosis most commonly affect the wrist and hip bones, as well as the vertebrae in the spine. However other bones such as the arm or pelvis can also be affected.

How to treat symptoms of osteoporosis
Treatment for osteoporosis once you have it mainly focuses on preventing and treating fractures, and taking medicines to strengthen your bones.

A TENs machine, hot and cold treatments and relaxation can all help your recovery from a fracture.

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Prevention is the best treatment for osteoporosis. You can reduce your risk by taking a number of lifestyle steps. Eating to maintain a healthy weight and including calcium in your diet is key. Regular exercise can strengthen bones, and also supporting muscles. Reducing smoking and drinking will also help.

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