• What is osteoporosis?
    “A skeletal disorder characterized by compromised bone strength predisposing a person to an increased risk of fracture. Bone strength reflects the integration of two main features: bone density and bone quality.”

    (NIH) A combination of gender, age, T-score (bone density results) and risk factors will determine a person’s risk of fracture.

    Osteoporosis facts:
    • 1.4 million Canadians suffer from osteoporosis,
    • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 8 men over the age of 50 will be diagnosed with osteoporosis. However it can be diagnosed at any age
    • One will often read that Osteoporosis is known as the silent Thief, because bone loss occurs without symptom. Unfortunate a fracture is often the first symptom.
    • Osteoporosis can result in disfigurement, lowered self-esteem, reduction or loss of mobility, and decreased independence

    How can physiotherapy help?

    • Education regarding the types osteoporosis
    • Help you find out if you are at risk of osteoporosis
    • Help determine if you are a candidate for a bone density test.
    • Discuss fall prevention
    • Develop a balance training program
    • Develop flexibility program
    • Develop postural program
    • Help you build stronger bones. Personalize and guide you through a safe strengthening program. Sample exercise program visit www.melioguide.com.

    Links

    Osteoporosis Canada (OC) www.osteoporosis.ca

    OC Mission:
    To work towards a future where all Canadians will:

    • be knowledgeable about osteoporosis
    • be empowered to make informed choices about their bone health
    • have access to the best osteoporosis care and support
    • Benefit from research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis.

    MelioGuide www.melioguide.com

    MelioGuide mission:
    “ MelioGuide is the guide on anything related to building stronger bones. It gives you tips and ideas you can use everyday to make a difference in the health of your bones. We tell you what weight-bearing exercises really mean. We tell you what you need to do to achieve good posture, better balance and a stronger body. MelioGuide will feature the latest research findings on building stronger bones. And we make sure we keep the information useful and practical.”


    For more information, please contact Killens Reid Physiotherapy
    Tel: 613.594.8512 Fax 613.594.0213 Email: killensreid@rogers.com