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Talking Bones on World Osteoporosis Day

October 20, 2017, marks World Osteoporosis Day. This year the campaign theme is ‘Love your Bones: Protect your Future”.

I’d like to inform the Caboolture community about the health risks of osteoporosis, which are significant, and raise awareness for positive steps towards good bone health.

With one in three women, and one in five men being affected by bone fractures annually, osteoporosis is a world health problem, and it’s growing! By 2022, it is estimated there will be 1.27 million older Queenslanders with low bone mass, which is an increase of 39% from 2012. Among Queenslanders aged 50 years and older in this year’s survey, 14% had osteoporosis and 52% have osteopenia.

In 2017 there will be 88 fractures each day among older adults in Queensland. This year alone, the cost to Queenslanders of osteoporosis and osteopenia is estimated to be around 611 million dollars.

What is osteoporosis? It is a disease that is caused by a loss of bone minerals, making bone become brittle, leading to a higher risk of breaks than in a normal bone.

Can it be stopped? It is possible! Anyone over 50 who has had a fracture from a minor injury should be investigated for osteoporosis. Women over 50 who have one of these fractures are four times more likely to have another fracture the next year. When undiagnosed, Osteoporosis can take a heavy toll on an individual’s independence, mobility, and quality of life, especially when left untreated.

Information is crucial to the prevention of osteoporosis and to achieving a good life with osteoporosis. Treatment often involves mineral supplements, hormone replacement, and medications. But the real quality of life outcomes come from management by diet, exercise, fall’s prevention strategies and training, and the recovery of good movement without pain. For this, the best evidence-based approach is with the combined efforts of a trained Physiotherapist, Exercise Physiologist and Dietician, to get you out of pain, into exercise, functional again in your community, and feeling healthy again.

At Caboolture Physical Therapy Centre, our specialised Osteoporosis Prevention team of Kaye Kerr (Physiotherapist), Alex McGee (Exercise Physiologist) and Cathy Lowe (Dietician), are here to help!

Get in touch today.

 

 

Caboolture Physical Therapy Centre - serving people in need from the following areas: Caboolture, Morayfield, Elimbah, Wamuran, Beerburrum, Beerwah, Glasshouse Mountains, Toorbul, Donnybrook, Ningi, Woodford, Kilcoy, Bribie Island, Goodwin Beach, Sandstone Point, Banksia Beach, Bongaree, Bellar, Woorim, Burpengary & Beachmere.
Fall-Prevention-Classes

Falls Prevention Move Well Stay Well

What is a fall?

The sudden unanticipated change downward in body position with or without physical injury.
How common are falls? 1 in 3 people aged 65 and over fall at least once each year. 20-30% of those who fall suffer injuries that reduce mobility, independence& in turn, increase the risk of premature death.

Can falls be predicted?

An assessment by your physiotherapist can predict how likely it is that an individual will fall. In order to prevent falls we need: Good Balance, Good Vision, Good Reaction Timing, awareness of falling and enough strength to stay upright.

Can falls be prevented?

There are prevention strategies that can be used that include a mix of exercises, medication reviews & environmental modification. Many studies have shown that an ongoing, well-disciplined exercise program focusing on balance-improvement (on its own) could prevent falls by about 40%.

Fall-Prevention-ClassesWhat should I do?

If you are new to exercise and have a major health condition, you should first consult your GP (for a small number of people there may be a medical reason for their falls).
-At our clinic, the physiotherapist/Exercise Physiologist will assess you prior to designing your exercise program.
-Assessment will include measurement of balance, muscle strength, mobility and will provide outcome measures that can be reassessed at various intervals
-Exercise programs can be individually tailored and performed at home or in a group (although a combination of both is most effective).
Our Falls Prevention Classes are small, closely supervised programs that aim to lower your risk of falls and as a bonus, they are lots of fun… Run every Thursday afternoon with our Exercise Physiologist

Caboolture Physical Therapy Centre - serving people in need from the following areas: Caboolture, Morayfield, Elimbah, Wamuran, Beerburrum, Beerwah, Glasshouse Mountains, Toorbul, Donnybrook, Ningi, Woodford, Kilcoy, Bribie Island, Goodwin Beach, Sandstone Point, Banksia Beach, Bongaree, Bellar, Woorim, Burpengary & Beachmere.