#BoneMatters online information events 

Welcome to #BoneMatters, our monthly online Q+A sessions – hear from leading experts in osteoporosis and bone health about the subjects that matter to you.

From living with fractures and understanding treatment, to nutrition and exercise – we'll be talking to experts about the topics that matter most.

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Latest #BoneMatters

How to take Alendronate (alendronic acid)

In this session, Volunteer Hilary shares her alendronate (alendronic acid) routine and some of the things she wished she’d known when starting alendronate.  She discusses how to make the most of her drug treatment, how to reduce side effects, and what to do if she forgets to take her tablet. We hope you enjoy this session, please like and comment below. 

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In this session Osteoporosis Specialist Nurse's Niki and Viv discuss how to get the most from your pain-relieving medications to manage pain better after a broken bone, and common fears or worries that some people have around taking pain medicines. 

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In this session, Consultant Endocrinologist Dr. Zaki Hassan-Smith discusses how long osteoporosis drugs can be used for, and what happens after you stop taking them.

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In this session, specialist nurses Julia and Sarah explain what it means if you have been told you have osteoporosis and what the future holds. They look at the changes happening inside bones and how a diagnosis of osteoporosis can have different meanings.  They dispel myths and misunderstandings and help you understand what your diagnosis really means for you.

In this simple bitesize session, consultant radiographer Jill Griffin explains what a bone density scan (DXA) is and what the results mean for you.

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Phone and video appointments have remained commonplace since lockdown, although some of us might find them challenging, it is often more convenient, saves your time and money. In this session, Julie and Kirsty help you prepare for these phone and video appointments.

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Nurse Specialist Kirsty is joined by Jacqueline Rheumatology Occupational Therapist to help explain what equipment may be useful and why, and our lead volunteer advocate Philippa shares her hints and tips from her lived experience with fractures. For more information please see our Daily living after fractures and Getting out and about factsheet, Everyday life webpage and Bone Matters: Living well with fractures session

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We hear from Dr. Alison Black to understand the possible side effects of osteoporosis medications, we get the facts and the hear about the hints and tips she gives her patients.

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We read so much in the media about what’s good for our bones, it can be confusing. Professor Sue Lanham-New is an expert in nutrition and in this session explains what the latest research tells us about nutrition and bone health.

Visit our Nutrition for bones page on our web and the NHS Eat Well Guide .

We have the following factsheets on nutrition:

Calcium supplements and tests

Vitamin D supplements and tests

Further food facts and bones

  • 01:51:Does what we eat and drink really make a difference to our bone health and our risk of breaking bones?
  • 04:27:What is this acidic diet and whether it is a problem for our bones?
  • 09:38:What is gut microbiome and does it make a difference to our bones?
  • 16:18:Vitamin D
  • 23:30:Salt
  • 25:00:Magnesium
  • 27:05:Vitamin A
  • 29:51:Coffee
  • 32:02:Tea
  • 32:39:Fasting
  • 34:03:B Vitamins
  • 34:55:Protein
  • 37:27:Plant-based diets

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In this session, we’ll look at ways of reducing the risk of falls to maintaining bone health, independence, and quality of life. Nurse Manager Julia is joined by Professor Tahir Masud, consultant physician at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Professor Dawn Skelton, Glasgow Caledonian University and Julie Whitney a consultant practitioner in gerontology in King’s College Hospital.

Finding a specific falls exercise programme: You can find your local falls service by typing 'falls service Bolton" (and changing to your nearest Town) into Google or asking your GP. Some areas also have specific exercise groups in the community which aim to help people stay strong and steady. Tai Chi has a strong evidence base for preventing falls but if you are worried about maintaining your balance in a group environment then you should look for groups that are run by trained instructors that can prescribe and tailor your exercise programme to meet any ability levels and medical conditions. These are known as Otago Exercise Programme Leaders, or Postural Stability Instructors who run the FaME (Falls Management Exercise) Programme. Sometimes these classes are known as Stay Strong, Strong and Steady, Steady Steps. 

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This session aims to help people living with osteoporosis, with or without fractures to feel able to manage the emotional impact of their condition. There are many emotions you tell us about, including fear, anxiety, many other feelings. We aim to offer some practical and immediate tips and tools if you're feeling in distress right now. Sarah and Niki are joined by therapist Ezra Hewing from Suffolk Mind and Lore Wolfson gives us an insight into her personal story.

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In our latest #bonematters session, Sarah Leyland Specialist Nurse and Clinical Adviser at the ROS talks with exercise experts Katherine Brooke Wavell and Richard Blagrove about the new ROS exercise for bones films that they produced together.  This conversation gives you details about what that the films are about, how and why they developed the three stage plan and what specific exercises help bone strength.  They also answer questions posed by ROS members.   The new exercise films.   Exercise for bone health  Exercise for osteoporosis

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In this #BoneMatters extra session, Rheumatologist physiotherapist Sarah Legg answers your questions on exercising after spinal fractures,  including advice on

warm up and cool down exercise, exercising safely, exercise for back pain after spinal fractures, exercise for posture, exercise for muscle and bone strength, moving and lifting, bending forward                    

 Check out our new suit of exercise videos here

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#backpain #osteoporosis #exercise #physiotherapist #rheumatology #bonestrength #fractures

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In this next Bone Matters session, Dr. Stephen Tuck explains how men are affected by osteoporosis and fractures. We also hear a personal story from Nic Vine to help raise awareness of the impact on men. For more information: Check you risk,  Support in your area

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Prof Stuart Ralston discusses the role of family history and genetics in increasing the risk of osteoporosis and fractures.

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In this recorded discussion, Professor Celia Gregson and physiotherapist Dr Katie Sheehan talk to us about how to recover well after a broken hip.

To find out more:

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Dr Nicola Peel and Prof. David Armstrong explore how HRT can be used as an osteoporosis drug treatment to strengthen bones.

 

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In this #BoneMatters extra session we discuss the practical issues of taking HRT with Kathy Abernethy, a highly experienced Menopause Specialist Nurse. We recommend you listen to our session on Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) with Dr Nicky Peel & Prof. David Armstrong session from January first, which gives a boarder discussion of HRT. For more information HRT and Bone health fact sheet Click here

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How do I take alendronate (an osteoporosis drug treatment) #BoneMatters

In this session, Volunteer Hilary shares her alendronate (alendronic acid) routine and some of the things she wished she’d known when starting alendronate.  She discusses how to make the most of her drug treatment, how to reduce side effects, and what to do if she forgets to take her tablet. We hope you enjoy this session, please like and comment below. 

Click here to catch up on these 2022 events

  • Living Well With Fractures- Bone Matters Webinar
  • Medication Support - Bone Matters Webinar
  • DXA and other scans for Osteoporosis - Facebook Live
  • Nutrition - Q&A
  • Risk Factors For Osteoporosis and Bone Matters Extra
  • Financial Support - Q&A
  • Pregnancy Associated Osteoporosis - Facebook Live
  • Relationships & Intimacy - Audio Discussion
  • Your questions answered by our specialist osteoporosis helpline nurses

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