Osteoporosis is a prevalent health issue in Ireland.
At Ashbourne Physiotherapy Clinic, we run a specialised physiotherapy service treating people who may be concerned about their bone health with no diagnosis or those with osteopaenia or osteoporosis. We also see people who are just interested in maintaining good bone health throughout their lifespan. Osteoporosis affects 1 in 3 women (1 in 2 over 65 years of age) and 1 in 5 men. However, it is preventable and treatable in the majority of people and the earlier the intervention the better.
Some of the risk factors for developing osteoporosis are:
- a history of fracture,
- low body mass index,
- long-term use of steroid medications,
- current smoking,
- alcohol intake of 2 or more drinks per day,
- parental history of hip fracture.
Our physiotherapists have vast experience dealing with osteoporosis and can give you all the advice, education and tools you need to improve and maintain your bone density in a safe environment.
If you have a diagnosis of osteoporosis or osteopaenia, we recommend you attend for a 1 to 1 consultation (which can be done either in person or via Zoom) to discuss your individual case and decide on the best option for you. We can set you up with a programme if you prefer to do the exercises yourself at home and we can give advice on exercises you can do at your gym. You can also join our Healthy Bones classes specifically for improving bone health and also a weights class called Stronger for Longer. As both the consultation and exercise classes can be done via Zoom, you can do them from anywhere in the country.
Book an appointment to see Lesley Lowe in either Sutton or Ashbourne or Germaine Mallin in Sutton and you can book via our online booking system.
We recommend that you check out the following links:
www.irishosteoporosis.ie for more information and an excellent osteoporosis risk check.
www.theros.org.uk – the UK Society