Users of mobility aids could prevent fractures by exercising?

Posted in: 17th March 2011 by erica

Users of mobility aids suffering from osteopenia – a thinning of bone density – may be helped by taking regular exercise, research has found.

The results of a scientific study, published in Archives of Internal Medicine, showed people with the condition who made efforts to be physically active were less likely to suffer bone injuries.

Out of the 160 women aged between 70 and 73 taking part in the investigation, five people in the control group suffered hip fractures, while none of the individuals taking exercise experienced the same injury.

The researchers discovered mostly home-based activities with voluntary training appear to improve balance and gait in the long term.

Due to these benefits it may be less likely users of mobility aids suffering from osteopenia who take exercise will fracture their hip.

This comes after recent research by the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research found 94 per cent of osteoporosis patients taking drugs known as bisphosphonates could be at greater risk of unusual femur fractures.