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02.21.2019

Osteoporosis Series

What is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a disorder of bones, where a person’s strength (quality and quantity) of bone decreases.  As bones thin out, they develop a “honeycomb” appearance, with larger holes and spaces.  

 Bones that are weaker are less able to withstand forces, making fractures (breaks) happen much easier.  In a person with osteoporosis, these fractures can happen from simple falls from standing height, or even sneezing.  Osteoporosis takes years to progress, often without symptoms like pain.  By the time a person has had their first osteoporotic fracture, the disease is already advanced.

Osteoporosis can lead to pain, lowered self-esteem, decreased mobility and decreased independence.

How common is osteoporosis and its related consequences?

Osteoporosis is a very common condition – currently 2 million Canadians have osteoporosis.  One in three women and one in five men will have a fracture from osteoporosis in their lifetime.  In Canada there are 25,000 hip fractures yearly, with 70% related to osteoporosis.  Hip fractures result in disability in 50% of survivors, and cause death in 20% of cases.

For more information regarding our Osteoporosis Bone Force Program, we invite you to check out our website or contact us for more information!

Stephanie Dragan
Registered Physiotherapist
stephanie@pstottawa.ca
613-656-3841
www.PerformanceSportsTherapy.ca

Stephanie Dragan PT

Stephanie Dragan PT

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