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Physiotherapy approach to osteoporosis 

Physiotherapy approach to osteoporosis
Physiotherapy approach to osteoporosis

Carole Traole

and Susie Dinan

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date: 30 October 2020

Bone loading exercises have been shown to be effective at improving bone mineral density in post-menopausal women, even in the more frail patients.

There is a need to include both bone loading exercises and falls prevention exercise to reach the ultimate goal of reducing fracture risk.

There is also a need to include a whole system fitness approach (endurance, strength and power, flexibility, coordination, as well as posture, gait, and functional training) in order to improve general health, functional independence, confidence, and pain control.

Exercise prescription needs to be tailored and multidisciplinary, including the physiotherapist and the specially trained exercise instructor, for a continuum of care from secondary to primary settings.

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