Promotion of Physical Activity for Older People with Musculoskeletal Conditions

  • Steven M. McPhail


Many older adults have musculoskeletal conditions that can act as a substantial barrier to physical activity. Older people, and some health professionals, may be concerned that participating in exercise programmes or completing other physical activities may cause or exacerbate symptoms associated with existing musculoskeletal conditions. However, in most cases, there are safe exercise-based interventions that have potential to improve function and general health without undue risk. This chapter discusses several groups of musculoskeletal conditions that are prevalent among older adults and provides a practical case study as well as some points for broader consideration.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven M. McPhail
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  1. 1.Queensland University of Technology and Metro South Hospital and Health Service (Queensland)BrisbaneAustralia

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