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Bone Health Program

Managing Osteoporosis Through Exercise

This comprehensive program is for people with osteoporosis and for people who have had a fracture (broken bone) because of osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is a bone disease. Bones become porous and weak. Weakened bones are more likely to break. The most common breaks are in the wrist, shoulder, hip and spine (back). Poor posture, combined with loss of bone strength, can increase the risk of spine fracture. Poor alignment can be improved with exercises that target muscles important for posture. Exercise is recommended for all people with osteoporosis, even people who have had a spine or hip fracture.

A study published by Annals of Internal Medicine in 1998 showed that very active women had a statistically significant 36% reduction in hip fractures compared with the least active women. The intensity of physical activity was also related to fracture risk: Moderately to vigorously active women had statistically significant reductions of 42% and 33% in risk for hip and vertebral fractures, respectively, compared with inactive women.

Advanced Physical Therapy Center partnered with a local orthopedic surgeon to create the Bone Health Program – Managing Osteoporosis Through Exercise. The program consists of a treatment protocol for physical therapists to administer and a take-home booklet for patients. The booklet includes exercises on strength training, balance, flexibility, and aerobic activity; interactive tools for getting started and staying on track; tips for addressing barriers to exercise; and ways to move safely during everyday activities to avoid the risk of falls or spine fractures.

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