Have your say: Draft of charity’s new ‘expert consensus statement on physical activity and exercise for osteoporosis’ out for consultation

10 Sep 2018

The National Osteoporosis Society has worked with leading clinical experts to develop ‘Strong, Steady & Straight: an expert consensus statement on physical activity and exercise for osteoporosis’, which is now available for public consultation.

The views of stakeholders are extremely important in finalising the content of the statement.

If you are an interested healthcare or exercise professional, a representative of a professional organisation, or a clinician who has patients or clients asking about exercise and osteoporosis, we invite you to share your views.

You can download the consensus statement and response form, linked below, and return any comments by email to Sarah Leyland.

The deadline for comments is Monday 8 October 2018.

Draft consensus statement

Response form

Why is this consensus statement needed?

Exercise and healthcare professionals currently have no clear exercise guidance for people with osteoporosis. As a result, millions of people affected by osteoporosis are receiving conflicting information and are avoiding activities and exercises that could help them to improve their condition - and build stronger bones.

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."

The consensus statement aims to improve understanding among exercise and healthcare professionals, about safe and effective physical activity and exercise for those with osteoporosis and vertebral fractures.

This will lead to patients receiving better advice on correct exercises and movements that may strengthen bones, reduce fracture risk and help with the pain and symptoms associated with spinal fractures.

Coming soon: Exercise resources for people with osteoporosis

The charity is also developing new resources for the public, to help them understand how to exercise safely and effectively.

Sarah Leyland continues:

"Our new resources will at long last provide the exercise information and guidance people affected by osteoporosis so desperately need.”

The resources will be launched alongside the consensus statement at the charity's biennial healthcare professional conference - Osteoporosis 2018 - in Birmingham this December.

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