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Finding out you have fragile bones is frightening. Suddenly you worry that even the smallest activity may cause a fracture. Exercise is still very important to maintaining healthy bones, but there are types of movements you should do and those you should avoid. First and foremost, you will need to begin to protect yourself from fractures especially of the spine (vertebral bodies), the hip (neck of the femur) and the wrist.
Protecting Your Spine
Forward bending puts dangerous pressure on vertebral bodies, especially from the waist up. If you must bend to lift an object, pivot at the hips with a straight back and neutral spine. Do exercises that extend or arch the mid back, strengthen the back, improve posture and protect the spine.
What to avoid:
· rounding at the mid back or the waist
· rapid twisting of the spine or side bending
· lifting heavy objects with a rounded back
· getting out of bed with a rounded back (Roll to your side first, then push yourself up to sitting with your elbow)
· sitting on the toilet in a slumped position.
· all abdominal crunches, curl-ups, oblique rotations, rollups, rollovers and plough.
Protecting Your Hips
Hip fractures usually occur when you fall, so the best way to prevent hip fractures is to improve your balance to prevent falls. Standing on one leg every day, such as when you are waiting in line at the grocery store or brushing your teeth is a good way to practice your balance. Make sure you have something sturdy to hold on to if you feel unsteady. Do exercises that strengthen the buttocks and extend the hip while standing or while on all fours (hands and knees) lifting your leg behind you.
What to avoid:
Protecting Your Wrist
The wrist can fracture with falls with outstretched arms. If you practice your single leg standing balance you will minimize your risk of falling. Do exercises on all fours to strengthen your wrist.
For more information on specific exercise programs, consult a licensed physical therapist with expertise in working with patients who are at risk for fractures.
Thanks to Physical Therapist Sherri Betz for these helpful tips.