Osteoporosis –The silent enemy of Elderly Bones

Osteoporosis –The silent enemy of Elderly Bones
RAK Hospital joins the fight against it and launches ‘Protect Your Bones’ campaign

Menopausal women at greater risk of developing the disease

33% of all women and 20% of all men above 50 have a risk of osteoporosis and resultant complications

Complimentary DEXA Scan, Hydrotherapy session and Consultation at RAK Hospital from 20th -24th October marking World Osteoporosis Day

16th October 2019, UAE:On the occasion of the World Osteoporosis Day marked globally on October 20th every year, RAK Hospital has launched the “Protect Your Bones” campaign to raise awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Osteoporosis especially in the more vulnerable peri- menopausal women.

Encouraging public to take early action to protect their bone and muscle health so that they can enjoy good quality of life and independence in future, the hospital is offering complimentary screening which includes Dexa Scan, Hydrotherapy session and consultation with Orthopedic Surgeon. The first 100 people coming forward for the screening will also receive Vitamin D test for free. Starting from Sunday, 20th October and running until Thursday, 24th October, the free screenings will be held at RAK Hospital from 3 pm – 5 pm for the entire duration of the camp.

A DEXA scan would help assess or measure bone density while the Hydrotherapy session is a therapeutic whole-body treatment that involves moving and exercising in water; essentially physiotherapy in a pool. Being immersed, buoyant or massaged in water can relieve our bodies in a variety of different ways. Hydrotherapy can help ease muscle pain and inflammation, back pain, ligament injuries, poor circulation, arthritis etc.

“Being female puts you at a greater risk of developing Osteoporosis and broken bones, in fact a women’s risk of breaking a hip is equal to her combined risk of breast, uterine and ovarian cancer. The fact that women tend to have smaller and thinner bones and the hormone estrogen that protects bones, decreases sharply when a women hits menopause, increases their chances of developing the condition. Low vitamin D and calcium levels, smoking, excessive alcohol intake are some of the other factors which puts one at risk of developing this debilitating disease”, commented Dr. Shreerang Madhusudan Joshi, Specialist and, Spine and Orthopedic Surgeon, RAK Hospital.

“Earlier osteoporosis was considered to be an acceptable and inevitable part of ageing but not anymore. Good lifestyle habits, exercise and proper balanced diet can help ward off the disease immensely”, further commented Dr Joshi.
The scary possibility is that above 50 years 33% of all women and 20% of all men have a risk of osteoporosis and resultant complications like fractures. Even a trivial injury or sudden movement can cause fractures in such patients. Many a times this silent enemy creeps up onto us and bursts onto the scene in the form of fractures and unexplained pain. An early diagnosis, effective management and good rehabilitation can go a long way to reduce the socio –economic burden of this disease.

“Often osteoporosis remains undiagnosed and undertreated in turn severely impacting the effective management and treatment. By closing the care gap and through timely diagnosis and treatment we like to work together in reducing the socioeconomic burden of the disease. Our idea is to create maximum awareness, help people recognize the symptoms so that they come forward for screening and those who are already suffering; we would like to provide them with many non-surgical options while advising them on lifestyle changes”, concluded Dr. Raza Siddiqui, Executive Director of RAK Hospital.

PROTECT YOUR BONES CAMPAIGN – Complimentary Screenings Schedule:

Occasion: World Osteoporosis Day

Dates: Sunday, 20th October to Thursday 24th October

Venue: RAK Hospital, Ras Al Khaimah

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Screenings include:
Dexa Scan and consultation with Orthopedic Surgeon
Free Vitamin D test for first 100 People
Hydrotherapy session (By appointment)

For appointments and more information please call 072074444 visit https://www.rakhospital.com

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