Knowing Your Risk for Broken Bones
The most common fracture sites in people with osteoporosis are the hip, wrist, and spine. Most 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.