Introduction Pain and fear of fractures are very common among osteoporotics reducing their activity of daily living and quality of life. We have investigated the effect of education or education in combination with physical training on pain experience in osteoporotic.
Methods Women older than 60 years with osteoporosis were invited to participate in the study. All were able to walk indoor without technical support. Bone density was assessed using a DXA-machine.
They were hospitalised for five days in a hospital of rheumatology.
A total of 26 subjects were allocated to education only whereas 23 subjects received training by a physiotherapist in addition to education.
The education program was provided by a team of professional health workers and had a multifactorial approach to osteoporotic experienced problems.
Bodily pain was assessed by SF-36 questionnaire. Follow-up was conducted at 3 and 12 months after intervention.
Results A multivariate analysis for repeated measurements showed a reduction of bodily pain score of 7.4 (95% CI 2.7–12.1) after 3 month and 9.8 (95% CI 4.2–15.4) after 1 year compared with baseline. There were no significant differences between the groups.
Conclusion Participation a professional education program reduces the pain experience in women with osteoporosis.
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