Our skeleton and how to care for it

 

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Osteoporosis is defined as “a progressive metabolic bone disease characterised by the loss of bone mineral density, compromised bone strength predisposing to an increased susceptibility to fracture.”

Essentially, it’s a disease that causes brittle bones that are more likely to break. It is typically known as a silent disease, as it is often not picked up until it is too late and a fracture occurs.

In Australia, about 1 in 4 women over 50 and 1 in 2 women over 80 are osteoporotic and although most people think osteoporosis is just a female disease, osteoporosis does not discriminate with 1 in 5 men over 50 being osteoporotic. In fact, over 60% of Queenslanders over 50 have low bone mass.

The most common fracture sites are the hip (which typically occur after a fall), spine (this type of fracture is normally an insufficiency fracture) and the wrist (these tend to occur earlier in life and can be the first sign of low bone mass).

As with most things prevention is better than a cure, so the earlier you get onto improving your bone health the better. Having a family history of osteoporosis is one of the most influential factors when it comes to osteoporosis. Luckily, medication is not the only thing that can help your bones.

Physical activity has been shown to be beneficial in not only improving bone mass but also helping to improve balance which reduces the likelihood of falls, because if you don’t fall you don’t fracture. But remember not all exercise is created equal and can be dangerous if done incorrectly. At Burleigh Physiotherapy we offer bone building classes using the ONERO program, our team of exercise scientists, exercise physiologists and physiotherapists ensure close supervision and technique correction, as necessary to reduce the risk of injury.

If you are interested in learning more about what exercise if best for bone and the ONERO program contact us or call 5535 5218 for further information.

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Our Response to Covid-19

This page is up to date to our best knowledge, however, this is a rapidly evolving situation so we apologise for any potential delay in updating this information.

We want to reassure all our patients that we are following stringent infection control procedures in our clinic, and screen all people coming into the clinic, to exclude any patients that have any signs or symptoms consistent with Covid-19, as well as screening any patients that should be in isolation ie recently returned from overseas, or have been advised to isolate due to recent exposure with a known Covid-19 patient.

All our staff have now completed the Department of Health Covid-19 Infection Control Training.

What are we doing to minimise risk?

  • Screening patients for risk factors over the phone or through text messages before they attend appointments. Those with risk factors or symptoms are advised not to attend & to seek medical advice.
  • Hand sanitiser station at the front of the building must be used before you enter.
  • Following stringent infection control measures within the clinic. This includes
    • Disinfecting all beds, door handles, EFTPOS machine before and after each patient use.
    • Linen changed between each patient and commonly touched surfaces through the practice are cleaned regularly throughout the day.
    • Minimising the distances between clients in the waiting room- some chairs are outside undercover.
  • We have advised our team members not to come to work if they have cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • We are following all Department of Health recommendations for our type of business.

On the 30th March 2020 – the Australian government issued a statement that “People aged over 70, aged over 60 with pre-existing conditions, or Indigenous people aged over 50 should stay home wherever possible for their own protection.”

The decision to come in for physiotherapy treatment really is an individual one – if you feel that your treatment is medically necessary, and are comfortable with the risks of leaving your home and coming to physiotherapy, then rest assured that when you attend our physiotherapy clinic, we are following our strict infection control processes and doing everything we can to minimise your risk whilst in our care. However, we completely understand if you are not comfortable with coming in for treatment.

TELEHealth Consultations

We are offering telehealth consults and home visits (where suitable) for patients who cannot attend our clinic.

Read more about TELEhealth Consultations here.

Staying Healthy

  • Wash your hands often (and for 20 seconds) with soap and water
  • Cough into your elbow or use a tissue to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Social distancing practices – Avoiding close contact with others, such as touching, including shaking hands
  • Limit contact with people who are sick, and stay home if you are sick and encourage employees to stay home when sick
  • Get 7-8 hours’ sleep a night to help your immune system stay strong
Please stay safe and take care of each other!

We are monitoring the situation very closely and will make adjustments to our business as we are further informed. Our priority is the health & well being of our patients and our staff. Thanks for your understanding.

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