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Step up your exercise for world osteoporosis day

Oct 20, 2020

Cairns Private Hospital is urging local residents to give their exercise regime a checkup as part of World Osteoporosis Day.

Held on October 20th each year, World Osteoporosis Day aims to raise global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of osteoporosis - a condition where bones become thin, weak and fragile. As a result, even a minor bump or accident can cause a broken bone.

Rehabilitation Physician at Cairns Private Hospital, Dr Dragana Urosevic said regular physical exercise was important for people of all ages, not only to prevent osteoporosis in the first place but to help treat the condition once someone is diagnosed.

“Exercise is very important to prevent osteoporosis because it will increase endurance, strengthen the muscles and increase the tendon elasticity which is vital when trying to reduce the risk of falls,” Dr Urosevic said.

“Even once a person is diagnosed with osteoporosis, exercise is still a really important part of their rehabilitation. The approach will be different for each person but we will come up with a program specifically designed for their needs.

“The ability of an exercise to build the bone is called osteogenic capacity and it depends on the specific way that the stress is applied to the bone during the exercise. High impact exercises such as running, impact aerobics and gymnastics are more osteogenic but may be too hard for the elderly population,” Dr Urosevic explained.

“Moderate to light impact exercises would be better for them, such as resistance training, stair climbing, dancing, pilates and tai chi. It’s all about improving someone’s balance to help reduce falls and increase their confidence so that they can lead a normal life despite osteoporosis.”

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, an estimated 924,000 Australians are living with osteoporosis. It is most common in older women, affecting 29% over the age of 75, compared with 10% of men.

Cairns Private Hospital offers a dedicated Reconditioning Rehabilitation Program for patients diagnosed with osteoporosis.

“As we age the risk of osteoporosis increases so we need to increase a person’s confidence in their daily activities and mobility,” Dr Urosevic said.

"If they’re having falls they will inadvertently lose their confidence so we aim to improve their balance and strength and we teach them falls prevention as well”.

For further information contact (07) 4052 8076.

Step up your exercise for world osteoporosis day

Pictured: Dr Urosevic, Rehabilitation Physician at Cairns Private Hospital with Susanne Raistrick post hip replacement surgery