Osteoporosis is a common condition of skeletal bone that involves a decrease of bone density. This increases your risk to fractures, particularly of the hip, wrist, and spine. You may be diagnosed with osteoporosis or osteopenia (early stage bone loss) by a Dexa scan. Blood tests are also used to provide information on how much calcium is absorbed by the body and at what rate the bone is being lost. Depending on these results, your GP or Specialist will decide whether any medication is indicated. There are some important dietary changes to also consider to ensure it is sufficiently high in calcium and vitamin D. Foods which provide these essential nutrients in a natural form are egg yolks and oily fish, such as salmon, are good sources of Vitamin D; dairy products and green leafy vegetables e.g. spinach, kale and broccoli will supply calcium. Snacking on nuts, almond, brazil and cashew nuts is beneficial as they are also high in calcium.
Exercise is essential if you have osteoporosis and even in cases of osteopenia. Weight-bearing exercise will stimulate the production of bone in the skeleton provided you have adequate dietary intake. The Irish Osteoporosis Society recommends an assessment by a Chartered physiotherapist before commencing any form of new exercise. This will ensure the most appropriate type and intensity of exercise and ensure the best results possible.
At Imokilly Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic we will provide an exercise plan based on a form of exercise that you value and enjoy. Exercises will improve strength, flexibility, endurance, balance, coordination and emphasise good posture. You are much more likely to stick with exercise which is fun and tailored to fit into a daily routine.
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Having been dogged with injury I decided to have a full prehab/FMS screen with Colette at Imokilly Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic. My starting score was 12/21 which placed me in a high risk injury bracket but by doing my corrective exercises, I not only played through the whole season un-injured but I also got my score up to 17/21 by the end.
I had spent a significant amount of money elsewhere on unwearable orthotics, before coming to Imokilly Physiotherapy Clinic. The orthotics I got here are by far the most comfortable to wear, and I wouldn't put a pair of shoes on without them!
Having had a long long history of back-pain which was then managed surgically with a dynamic fusion I was nervous about commencing any exercise. My neurosurgeon recommended that I attend a physiotherapist-led clinical Pilates class and I was lucky to find Sarah. Her entire approach is aimed at individualised rehabilitation, namely the individual assessment, tailored exercise programmes, small classes and follow-up emails. The standard of Pilates service is far superior to a fitness-based drop in class, and hence ideal for those with injuries.
Chronic Achilles tendinopathy was limiting my ability to progress my marathon training and I knew that I had to tackle it properly to allow it to heal. Although it was frustrating to step back from training, I am now running painfree and hoping for a marathon PB