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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. 

Knowing Your Risk for Broken Bones

The most common fracture sites in people with osteoporosis are the hip, wrist, and spine. Mostphoto fractures are caused by accidents and falls.

Caring for Your Spine

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 spinal changes:

  • Maintain good posture.
  • 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.

Ask your healthcare provider about these and other ways to help protect your spine.

 

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