Widely held misunderstandings among GPs and Physiotherapists over exercise advice for people affected by osteoporosis and spinal fractures are to be addressed for the first time by new resources created by the National Osteoporosis Society and launched at its conference this December.
The charity has been working with leading clinical experts to develop the much needed consensus-based resources which will address commonly held myths about safe and effective exercise for people affected by the bone condition.
The resources build on a new report from PHE and the Centre for Ageing Better which highlight the benefits of muscle, bone strengthening and balance activities.
GPs, physiotherapists and other health professionals currently have no clear exercise guidance for people with osteoporosis and, as a result, often pass on conflicting information and wrongly advise them to stop doing exercises which they believe are harmful. As a result, millions of people affected by osteoporosis are avoiding activities and exercises which could help them to improve their condition and build stronger bones.
The new resources, due to be launched at the Osteoporosis 2018 Health professional conference in Birmingham this December, consist of a consensus statement and new resources for the general public.
This consensus statement sets out agreement about safe and effective exercise and physical activity for those with previous fractures including those with a diagnosis of osteoporosis – enabling healthcare professionals to advise patients on correct exercises that may strengthen bones, reduce fracture risk and help with the pain and symptoms associated with spinal fractures.
Sarah Leyland, Osteoporosis Nurse Consultant at the National Osteoporosis Society said:
“Research has shown that people with osteoporosis are desperate for more information on exercise and physical activity because they want to be confident that recommended exercises help their bones and are safe for them to do.
This information is simply not available at present, and people with osteoporosis – who desperately need to do more exercise – are left to figure things out for themselves, make sense of often conflicting advice, or – worst of all – not bother with exercise at all.
Our new resources will provide a much needed solution to this problem and at long last provide the exercise information and guidance people affected by osteoporosis so desperately need.”
Professor Dawn Skelton, Professor in Ageing and Health at Glasgow Caledonian University said:
“The National Osteoporosis Society’s resources will provide detailed information to help health professionals and those with osteoporosis, particularly with vertebral (spinal) fractures, understand how to exercise safely and effectively.”