The Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study (CaMos) is an ongoing (over 20 years now) population-based study of community-dwelling adults over the age of 25 (that was then; most are way middle-aged or even older now, obviously) which has taught us a ton about the impact that osteoporosis (OP) and consequent fractures have on the lives of those who end up with OP.
In the latest publication, researchers from CaMos have concluded that “hip and spine fractures (had) . . . a negative impact on mobility, self-care, and ambulation.”
In other words, anyone who suffers a spine or hip fracture is likely ti find that it’s much more difficult to get around independently and significantly more difficult to take care of oneself.
In fact, “women with hip fractures never recovered their pre-fracture levels“, which is awful, of course.
And although fractures of the hip receive much more attention than other fractures, this study reminds us that those other fractures – spine, arm, leg bones, wrist, ribs, etc – can also take a huge toll on health so that in this latest study, “women with spine fractures took five years to regain their pre-fracture health-related quality of life” and since that’s an average, you can conclude that some women with a spinal fracture never return to the quality of life they had before their fracture.
Pretty clear bottom line for everyone, not just seniors, and maybe especially for younger people: Do all you can to prevent OP, and as you begin to chalk up the years, do all you can to prevent falling.
Exercises for bone strength, exercises and routines for balance, and good diets are the least everyone should do.