In addition to treatment with medication, much can be done to minimise bone mineral density loss by means of lifestyle advice.
The key points to raise with your patient are:
See Patient Resources for more patient information.
Activity, exercise classes and physical therapy can reduce the risks of falls by improving strength, flexibility, balance and other parameters. In established osteoporosis, physical activity will not significantly improve bone strength unless performed to a high level, often in combination with strength resistance work. In these situations assessment of increased fracture risk is mandatory.
Exercise programmes and exercise groups can result in significant improvement in physical function, pain, and vitality domains.
Age Concern Tauranga has a list of fitness classes in the Tauranga region.
Sport BOP Strength & Balance classes across the Bay of Plenty region.
Physiotherapy: Private physiotherapy will often be ACC subsidised in this patient group and should be your first option. Some private physiotherapists also do home visits.
DHB funded Community physiotherapy can be requested but in order to ensure demand does not exceed capacity, the private option should be your first option if possible.
A referral to the HIA Community Response Team (CRT) may be appropriate to assist with the activities of daily living.
Love your Bones Exercise exercise fact sheet
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