As a practising osteopath and a parent, I know only too well the dilemma over choosing a school bag that is both suitable for carrying books and that children will find ‘acceptable’ to use with the ever increasing peer pressure.
Osteoporosis is a condition that causes bones to become weak and more likely to fracture. It often gives no warning, with the first indication being pain from a fracture. The most common areas for fractures to occur are the spine, wrist and hips.
With over 20 years experience as a practising osteopath and a previous career in nursing, I’ve seen many patients undergo joint replacements, other invasive surgery, injections and needing to take long-term medication to control the pain associated with arthritis. However, with a few simple measures, you can help yourself and possibly delay such intervention.
Pain can be categorised as acute or chronic, acute being of recent onset and chronic being longer term. The most important thing is to address the acute pain before it becomes chronic.
If you are already suffering from back pain, you should be aware that the historic advice of resting is no longer recommended. You should attempt to carry on with your normal activities, including going back to work!