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The Bristol Knee Clinic

The Bristol Orthopaedic Clinic

• The Glen Spire Hospital, Bristol
• St Mary's Hospital, Bristol
• St Joseph's Hospital, Newport
• The Lister Hospital, London

Appointment Bookings:

• Tel: 0117 970 6655

Address:


The "Glen" Spire Hospital
Redland Hill
Bristol BS6 6UT

Tel: 0117 980 4080


Bristol Nuffield Hospital at St Mary's
Upper Byron Place
Bristol BS8 1JU

Tel: 0117 970 6655



St Joseph's Hospital
Harding Avenue
Malpas
Newport NP20 6ZE

Tel: 01633 820300


The Lister Hospital
The Lister Hospital
Chelsea Bridge Rd.
Chelsea
London
SW1W 8RH

Tel: 01179 706655

Osteoporosis and Bone Health - Introduction


Introduction

Osteoporosis is the weakness of bones due to a loss in bone density. This may result in a predisposition to fractures and collapse of spinal bones. It is most often age related but may also be associated with dietary deficiencies. The risk of developing osteoporosis may be reduced by a balanced diet with plenty of calcium and Vitamin D. Sports and exercise is beneficial. In adolescence and early adulthood this has the effect of increasing the mass and density of the bones. In peri-menopausal adult females and the elderly appropriate exercise reduces the age related loss of bone density.

Osteoporosis is the age related phenomena of a weakening of the bones due to a loss of the calcified matrix in the structure of the bone. This occurs as a result of a natural ageing effect, the reduction in activity with age which reduces the stress and strain on the skeleton, and the effect of altered hormonal environment in post-menopausal women. The effect of osteoporosis may be minimised by maintaining a healthy diet with plenty of calcium and vitamin D. The natural skeleton reacts to the stresses and strains it experiences, therefore exercise is an excellent way of preventing or minimising the degree of any age related osteoporosis.

 

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