COULD THIS BE A PICTURE OF YOUR MUM OR YOUR GRANDMA?
….or you in the future?
Osteoporosis is a condition where bone loses its strength and architectural integrity, becoming weakened and susceptible to fracture. It comes on very gradually and is symptom-free until the disease is well-established.
3 million people in the UK have osteoporosis – most don’t even know and many get diagnosed only once they’ve had a suspicious fracture….
Half of all women will develop osteoporosis and as many as one in three women and one in five men will suffer an osteoporotic fracture over their lifetime.
We build our bone density during our childhood, teens and young adult life, reaching our peak bone density at 25-30 years, although bone loss can start before these ages – particularly where multiple risk factors are present – so scanning isn’t only appropriate for the over 50’s!
Early diagnosis of a below normal bone density means that patients can take steps to slow the progression or even reverse the changes….with diet, lifestyle, supplementation, exercise and medication.
There are multiple risk factors:
- Being female – all women are at risk, particularly if your periods have ever stopped for 6 months or more or if you underwent menopause before the age of 45
- Men with low testosterone levels – often causing impotence, lack or libido or other symptoms
- Family history of osteoporosis – elderly relatives who have suffered hip or wrist fracture or developed a ‘dowagers hump’ (the result of vertebral collapse fractures)
- Personal history of a fracture after a minor bump or fall
- Being a smoker or consuming alcohol above recommended levels
- Past or present eating disorder (anorexia or bulimia)
- Restrictive diets – such as low dairy – in childhood and young adulthood
- A history of prolonged use of corticosteroids (such as for management of asthma) and many other medications
- High-performance athletes (raised levels of cortisol, reduced oestrogen in women)
- People who have a sedentary lifestyle
- People who are below average weight or of a small stature (low BMI)
- Sufferers of thyroid disease, chronic liver or kidney disease, diabetes, crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, coeliac disease or rheumatoid arthritis
Nick Birch FRCS (ORTH) of Osteoscan UK is a Consultant Spinal Specialist and will be coming to the practice to give an Educational Talk on the evening 16th March*, followed by Scanning Clinics all day on Monday 20th April* and Monday 6th July (a November date is being organised).
* Because Nick’s work takes him all over the country, indeed all over the world, and brings him into contact with countless people, he has decided to reduce his travelling to his home area during the current Covid-19 outbreak. Our March talk has been rescheduled to 1st June and the April scanning clinic has been cancelled. There will be another scanning clinic here at the practice on the 6th July, or patients can get scanned by booking with Nick directly and visiting his clinic in Moulton, Northants (see www.osteoscanuk.com).
Check out the Osteoscan UK website for everything you could possibly want to know about osteoporosis and the REMS technology employed in their scans.
EDUCATIONAL EVENT – Monday 16th March (CANCELLED) THIS TALK HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO MONDAY 1st JUNE 2020, 7-8.30pm, Tickets £15
Understand what osteoporosis is and how it develops. Find out the huge variety of risk factors for this disease and the medical, dietary, exercise and lifestyle changes that can help to prevent it, slow it’s progression and manage it. This event will include a demonstration of the quick, safe, simple and painless EchoS scanning process. The talk will be delivered by Nick Birch.
Tickets to the Educational Talk are £15 and numbers are limited. Call us on 01780 480889 to book your place. If you attend the talk and subsequently book yourself in for a scan, the cost of your ticket can be offset against the deposit payment for the scan.
SCANNING CLINIC – Monday 20th April (CANCELLED) & Monday 6th July 2020 10am–5pm
EchoS is a radiation-free, diagnostic scanning device developed in Italy which gives access to earlier measurement of bone mineral density than DEXA, with immediate, easy-to understand results, including your Z-score and T-score. Results are used, with other parameters, to calculate your FRAX score – an accurate prediction of your 10 year probability of suffering a major osteoporotic fracture.
The 30 min appointments will be conducted by Nick Birch. Both your lumbar spine and hip will be scanned. Full results of the scan will be discussed and advice given which is personalised and tailored to your needs.
Scan fee £150. A non-refundable deposit of £25.00 secures your appointment, call us now. Balance payment is due a week before the appointment.
CAN’T MAKE THESE DATES? We are planning to run a repeat of the scanning clinic in November – details yet to be confirmed, and will arrange other dates for a repeat of the educational talk. Nick Birch offers clinics in other locations at other times – look at the Osteoscan UK website for further information.
Call us on 01780 480889 to register your interest in future talks/clinics here at The Broad Street Practice.