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Osteoporosis Service In London

We provide a physiotherapy led service for the management of osteoporosis and osteoporotic fractures, in Central London. We can accurately assess the risk of osteoporotic fracture and identify whether there is a potential need for bone scanning and drug management.

How Can We Help With Osteoporosis?

Consisting of a carefully graduated exercise programme of strengthening and balance exercises, physiotherapy can effectively improve pain, function and quality of life. This can be beneficial for individuals to slow down the progression of osteoporotic bone loss, reduce the risk of fractures and falling, and to help rehabilitate after a osteoporotic fracture.

Providing guidance and education will enable the individual to understand their long term condition more fully and lead to increased confidence in everyday life.

We work closely with medical experts in osteoporosis and will refer on to them for further management if necessary. We also have links with dieticians if dietary advice is needed.

Who Can Benefit?

  • Those at risk of developing osteoporosis
  • Those who have osteoporosis whether you have or have not yet suffered a fracture.

What Is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a disease characterised by low bone mass and structural deterioration of bone tissue, which results in the bones becoming fragile and more susceptible to fractures (NICE, 2012).

In the UK, 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men over 50 years of age will suffer from an osteoporosis related fracture. Although osteoporosis is largely genetically determined, there are a number of associated risk factors and modifiable lifestyle factors which can be addressed to manage or prevent the disease.

Our bones are living tissue and constantly change throughout our lives. From birth until young adulthood, our bones are developing and strengthening. Our bones are at their most dense in our early 20’s.

As we age, some of our bone cells begin to dissolve, while new bone cells are deposited. This process is known as bone remodelling.

From our 40’s onwards the cells responsible for dissolving the bone become more active and our bones gradually lose their density.

Women lose bone density faster in the years following the menopause when oestrogen levels drop.

For people with osteoporosis the amount of bone growth is not enough to keep up with the amount of bone loss. This results in the bones becoming porous and brittle and therefore more prone to fracture (International Osteoporosis Foundation).

What Causes Osteoporosis?

There are several known factors that increase the risk of developing osteoporosis and suffering osteoporotic fractures, including:

  • Over 50 years of age
  • Family history of osteoporosis
  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol
  • Early Menopause
  • Hysterectomy
  • Thyroid problems
  • Cancer treatments
  • Use of steroids
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Poor nutrition/malabsorption
  • Risk of falls

How Is Osteoporosis Treated?

Treatment of osteoporosis involves managing the risk factors of osteoporosis, including drug management, nutritional supplements, physical activity and lifestyle modification.

Diet

It is important that you have a healthy balanced diet containing enough calcium, as well as all the other vitamins, minerals and nutrients our bones need.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is essential as it helps the body absorb calcium. The best source of this is sunlight, which your body uses during the summer months to manufacture this vital vitamin in your skin.

Smoking

It is important that you have a healthy balanced diet containing enough calcium, as well as all the other vitamins, minerals and nutrients our bones need.

Alcohol

Reducing your alcohol intake is also important as excessive alcohol consumption is a significant risk factor for osteoporosis.

Exercise

Regular weight-bearing exercise is important and can help your bones to grow stronger.

Falls

Most osteoporotic fractures occur as the result of falls, so reducing the likelihood of falling significantly reduces the risk of fracture.

What Are the Benefits of Physiotherapy for Osteoporosis?

The best way to manage osteoporotic fractures is to prevent them from happening, and the best way to prevent them from happening is to identify those at risk, to manage the risk factors and to increase specific exercise.

Physical activity, particularly weight bearing and specific strengthening exercise, have been shown to be beneficial for improving bone density and therefore mechanical bone strength.

Exercise has also been shown to improve posture, co-ordination and to reduce the risk of falls, in addition to improving general physical health and wellbeing.

Physiotherapy intervention, primarily consisting of a carefully graduated exercise programme, has been shown to be effective for improving pain, function and quality of life for individuals with minimal trauma osteoporosis related vertebral (spinal) fractures.

Why Choose Us?

We pride ourselves on providing the very best 5 star service for our patients, with a 100% satisfaction guarantee!
★★★★★ My physiotherapist Elaine Byrne has changed my life completely. Her expertise, her extensive knowledge of EDS, her patience and her way of making me safe with her, and with my body, has been awesome. With the appropriate care this illness can become manageable and I can't imagine someone better than Elaine to help you in the process.Consu H.Consu H. ★★★★★ Had a great experience with Jackson! Super knowledgeable and gave useful practical advice to recover from my injury - highly recommend!Huw L.Huw L. ★★★★★ Admin staff always helpful and efficient, therapist excellent and provided very beneficial input.Gillian W.Gillian W. ★★★★★ Exceptional serviceneen111neen111 ★★★★★ Lisa was able to help with a lower back issue that was giving me an unbelievable amount of pain.After my first session she was able to identify the problem. With her manipulation on the area and some exercises I was able to move more freely without the intense pain I was experiencing. highly recommend CHPTony B.Tony B. ★★★★★ I've been seeing Ann on and off for years and she has done some incredible work. Would highly recommend her for anyone with mobility impairments. I will always be grateful.Clarissa S.Clarissa S. ★★★★★ I was recommended to Camilla by a sports injury surgeon after tearing my shoulder in two places doing aerial hoop. I had spent two years waking up in pain and constantly re injuring myself. I had resigned myself to never doing hoop again and the surgeon who directed me to Camilla said it would be unlikely I’d get back to hoop without surgery but if anyone could do it, Camilla could. Camilla used a combination of physio, acupuncture and massage and gave me strength building exercises to do daily. She would take photos and send them to me to help me when I was at home. I think I attended around 5 sessions and although the scale of the injury means I’ll always be a bit wonky, I am pain free and back on the hoop. This would not have happened without Camilla. Cannot honestly recommend her more for shoulder injuries.L OL O ★★★★★ We had a very professional experience at the center. Kristina was the physiotherapist treating my son who had a knee surgery and she was very friendly and professional at the same time. She did her best to alleviate my son’s worries and to help him during his recovery and rehabilitationAmal M.Amal M. ★★★★★ sumaira is amazingMatthew R.Matthew R.js_loader

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Our physiotherapy led service for the management of osteoporosis and osteoporotic fractures is provided at our St John’s Wood clinic in Central London.

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