Experts discuss several topics including osteoporosis during meet.
United Arab Emirates, Dubai, May 15, 2013: Rashid Hospital participated in the physiotherapy week organised by the Ministry of Social affairs in Dubai
Dr Salwa Al Suwaidi, geriatrician and director of the Community Centre for the Elderly in Al Mamzar highlighted the importance of this conference as physiotherapy and rehabilitation of patients is essential to ensure they maintain and restore their bodily functions and lead a normal life.
The conference discussed many themes including recent trends in the rehabilitation of stroke patients, physical therapy for shoulder, foot and ankle injuries, rehabilitation of injured hamstrings and rehabilitation of ligaments around the knee. In addition, the meet also discussed latest developments in the treatment of nerve mobilization and the role of rehabilitation and therapeutic treatment by physiotherapists to improve patient outcomes.
Dr Suwaidi held a lecture on osteoporosis- its causes, symptoms, prevention methods as well as latest treatment options.
She said: “Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones, where bones become weak and brittle and are prone to breaking easily. It is referred to as the silent disease as those who have osteoporosis are often unaware until it's too late. Therefore regular screening of bone mineral density is advised.”
She added that by the age of 70 both men and women lose bone mass at the same rate and the absorption of calcium also decreases in both sexes. However, she added “ Women are more prone to developing osteoporosis after menopause because as oestrogen levels fall, new bone is not produced at the same rate, bone mass is reduced, this results in thinning bones and ultimately the development of osteoporosis.”
She advocated the need for regular exercise especially light weight training to strengthen bones, a diet rich in calcium and adequate sun exposure to get vitamin D as measures to prevent the onset of the disease.
She urged the public to undergo regular bone density tests as it facilitates early diagnosis and management of the disease.