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World Osteoporosis Day – know your bones

What is World Osteoporosis Day?

World Osteoporosis Day  takes place every year on October 20th, launching a year-long campaign dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease.

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Normal bone to left – Osteoporosis to right

 

In Australia an estimated 1.2 million people have osteoporosis and a further 6.3 million have low bone density.

 

The disease is most common on the older population with 66% of adults over 50 suffering

Poor bone health can lead to minimal trauma fractures such as a minor bump or fall

The most common fracture sites include: hip, wrist, spine arms and ribs

Physiotherapists understand the impact of a fracture on a patient, seeing how disruptive they can be for day to day tasks and quality of life, slowing the road to recovery.

Fracture prevention is complicated but studies have shown we can reduce re-fracture rates by up to 80%.

 

We can devise strength and balance programs specific to you type of fracture, age and level of function which result in improved mobility strength and physical performance

A new online tool will assist you and your Physio.  Visit http://www.knowyourbones.org.au/

Australia’s first bone health self assessment.  The assessment provides a general risk summary report.

 

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