Osteoporosis and Physical Activity

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How often do you talk to your doctor or physiotherapist about physical activity and exercise?

If there was a pill that had all the benefits of exercise, it would be a wonder drug. It is so important that we be proactive about our health, and the best way to do this is by having a healthy diet, and partaking in regular exercise. So, what is the best exercise we can do? Well, the short answer is, it depends.

What is your goal? What do you enjoy? What will you do consistently, and what is best for your personal condition?

A common condition, that affects many Australians, is Osteoporosis. It is estimated that 924,000 Australians have Osteoporosis, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Wellness (2020), with peak incidence occurring over the age of 75 (as prevalent as 1 in 5 people), with women over 75 years of age being most commonly affected (around 30%). Osteoporosis does affect people of all ages, as it can result from different causes including long term usage of certain medication, physical inactivity, low vitamin D and calcium, and even genetic predisposition. Unfortunately like most conditions, it is harder to treat once it is diagnosed. 

So, what can we do to prevent Osteoporosis? Regular resistance training as a form of exercise is one of the best prevention and management strategies.

I personally love Pilates and hydrotherapy, but when it comes to Osteoporosis, it is not enough to change bone density. These exercise programs are great for fitness, strength, flexibility and reducing pain, but to build bone density we need to add resistance exercise and strength training. At South Perth Physiotherapy, we can develop a strength and exercise program, individually tailored to your fitness and training age, working with your goals and taking into account injuries and personal conditions to help develop an ongoing program that can keep you fit, healthy and active for years to come!

Get in touch with South Perth Physiotherapy today to see one of our Physiotherapists about an exercise program to help you. If appropriate, we also have a range of strength classes to help you work towards your goals!

References

https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/chronic-musculoskeletal-conditions/osteoporosis/contents/what-is-osteoporosis

Written by Ash Flynn

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