Taking action against osteoporosis
You can do a
lot to reduce the effects of osteoporosis on your life. Knowing how
to prevent broken bones can help you live more comfortably and
safely with this disease. To help keep your bones healthy and
strong, talk to your healthcare provider about treatment options.
Try to learn as much as you can about your treatment choices.
Your Risk for Broken Bones
common fracture sites in people with osteoporosis are the hip,
wrist, and spine. Most fractures are caused by accidents and falls.
for Your Spine
fractures may result from putting too much strain on your back. If
you experience multiple fractures (which can happen without your
knowledge), your upper back may then arch forward, creating a
curvature known as "dowager's hump." Your lower spine must
then adjust to keep your body balanced. This can cause back pain.
You may also lose height. To prevent or lessen the impact of these
- Do back
exercises to help your posture.
- Wear shoes
with low or flat heels.
- Use proper
techniques for bending or lifting.
- Try lying
on your back to reduce the pain.
healthcare provider about these and other ways to help protect your