Examining effects of whole-body vibration on osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a major healthcare problem leading to a high incidence of hip and spine fractures in the ageing population.
In Australia, one in two women over 60 will suffer an osteoporotic fracture, with hip fractures being the most costly economically.
Currently, medication is the only proven therapy for the prevention of osteoporotic fractures.
WHY IS THE RESEARCH BEING CONDUCTED?
Osteoporotic fractures at the hip and spine are major health concerns of aging with drugs being the only proven therapy for the prevention of osteoporotic fracture. In Australia, 1 in 2 women over 60 will suffer a osteoporotic fracture with hip fractures being the most costly economically and in terms of pain and suffering.
Whole body vibration (WBV) is a novel therapy that has been shown to improve bone mass in animal studies. Some human research has also reported promising findings but a large enough study has not yet been conducted to know for sure. Exercise is known to be beneficial for bone but its effect in combination with vibration is unknown. We have been funded by the government to run a trial to examine vibration, exercise and a combination of the two.
The recruitment phase of the VIBMOR clinical trial has been complete.