Boning up on Bone Loss

Loss of bone density is a common problem in ageing.  There is a lot you can do to reduce your risk of osteoporosis, but if the loss becomes so substantial that you may get spontaneous fractures, you may need treatment.

As bones become less dense, the risk of fractures increases.  This risk is heightened because the elderly often fall – from poor balance, decreased muscle strength, poor eyesight, heart problems and other causes.

The spine, the ribs, the hips, shoulders and wrists are the most common locations for fractures.  When fractures do occur, they often cause the person significant disability and loss of independence.  They can also lead to other serious and painful health complications such as spinal cord compression symptons.  Exercise is very important to keep the bones strong especially Pilates where there is much emphasis on bone loading.



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