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How Core Clapton got me running again

Danny Orchard
March 17, 2021

Osteoporosis is a common condition that affects our bones making them weak and fragile with an increased risk of fracture. Despite being thought of as mainly occurring in women, osteoporosis occurs frequently in men too. But the good news is that lifestyle choices are the number one factor in ensuring your bones stay healthy and strong long into old age.

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According to recent statistics from the International Osteoporosis Foundation, worldwide, 1 in 3 women over the age of 50 years and 1 in 5 men will experience osteoporotic fractures in their lifetime.

The Silent Thief

Osteoporosis is often referred to as the “silent thief” as it can leech calcium from our bones for years and only manifests as painful when a fracture occurs. The stage before osteoporosis, called osteopenia, occurs when the bone density is lower than normal but not enough to be classed as osteoporotic. This is often picked up on x-ray as an incidental finding or by routine assessment of bone density using a dexa scan.

The hip, wrist and spine are the most commonly affected areas due to the higher forces travelling through them, especially following a fall. Although bone pain is rare in the absence of a fracture, once a vertebral body (bone of the spine) has fractured it often leads to chronic, persistent lower back pain and is a significant cause of disability. This can occur spontaneously due to the general loads that go through the spine during day-to-day movements. Chronic pain can then lead to a progressive loss of independence and the need for long-term care, especially in the elderly.

Falls leading to fractures also lead to a vicious cycle whereby the elderly person is so fearful of falling gain that they reduce their activity levels and begin to rely heavily on walking aids. This reduced activity leads to weaker bones and a greater chance of falling as their balance also reduces through lack of use. Hence repeat falls and fractures are more likely.


Danny Orchard

A vision for a pain-free world | It was whilst lecturing at the University College of Osteopathy and working as the principal Osteopath for Goldman Sachs that I decided to set up Core Clapton with the backing of Bobby Vedral, then one of my patients and a Goldman Sachs Partner. He shared my belief that Osteopathy was not just for the wealthy. So began our mission to make Osteopathy accessible to all, and our vision of building healthy, active communities, free from pain. Our dedicated team is advancing Osteopathic healthcare by treating holistically and regularly holding seminars for healthcare practitioners and wellness professionals. I am proud that Core Clapton has evolved into a wellness centre, helping nurture a community that is becoming free from pain.

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