True or False: Osteoporosis Edition
Osteoporosis is a disease that is characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue.
October 20th is World Osteoporosis Day (WOD), which is an initiative of the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF). With activities in over 90 countries, World Osteoporosis Day is “dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease.”
TRUE or FALSE
More men are affected by fractures caused by osteoporosis than women.
According to the WOD website, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men (50 years and older) will suffer an osteoporotic fracture.
In fact, Osteoporosis Canada reports that ‘Twenty-eight per cent of women and 37% of men who suffer a hip fracture will die within the following year.’ Complications, such as pneumonia, causes death in these tragic cases.
Osteoporosis causes bones to become fragile.
In fact, bones affected by osteoporosis may be so weak that they could break when the affected individual sneezes or moves too suddenly. Hips, spine and wrists are particularly vulnerable to fracture.
A sedentary lifestyle will prevent osteoporosis
Regular exercise- including weight-bearing, strengthening and balance training- is highly recommended as a preventative measure against osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is often known as the ‘silent thief’
Loss of bone mass and bone tissue occurs over time. It is common that an individual suffering from osteoporosis will suffer injury before osteoporosis is considered. Early intervention is key! Please talk to your doctor about the risk factors of osteoporosis, and the preventative measures that you can take today.
There is no cure for osteoporosis
Unfortunately, this is true. Initiatives like World Osteoporosis Day (WOD)- and the events it spurs and promotes- increase awareness of osteoporosis and the importance of prevention.
BioFlex Laser Therapy (a form of Cold Laser Therapy, also referred to as ‘photobiomodulation’) relieves pain caused by osteoporosis. It is safe, drug-free and non-invasive. Laser therapy for pain is effective for many pathologies.
BioFlex Laser Therapy promotes healing at the cellular level, and can help keep you moving, as BioFlex treats many conditions, including sports and soft tissue injuries. Please contact us for more information.