Safe movement and fall prevention

When a person with osteoporosis falls they are more likely to break a bone in the hip, spine or wrist. More than 90 percent of hip fractures are associated with osteoporosis. Fractures can be serious and limit your ability to lead an active, independent life. For people with bone loss in the spine (backbone), activities that place stress on the spine can increase the likelihood of a broken bone in the spine (vertebral fracture). Avoid activities that twist or bend the spine. Keep good posture and use proper body mechanics. For some people, picking up a grandchild or even coughing or sneezing can cause a bone to break in the spine.


Non-slip winter boots

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  • Hi, Does anyone have recommendations for really effective non-slip winter boots? With another winter storm bearing down (10 inches of snow forecast, plus sub-freezing temps for the next week), I really ...

alexander tecnique

  • By anguscat · New reply February 5, 2014
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Does anyone have virtigo and can help..

  • By ponkey · New reply January 18, 2014
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  • Could anyone tell me what they do if they have virtigo and what they take for it ...Any help is appreciated ...

Newbie a bit unsure

  • By CarolineG · New reply November 22, 2013
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  • Hello everyone, I've recently been diagnosed with Osteoporosis with a T score ranging from -2.9 to -3.2 in my L region of my spine. I'm 48 and seem to have got osteo from early menopause when 36. I had ...

Does OP MAKE you more likely to fall?

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  • By MsDot (Inactive) · New reply July 14, 2013
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  • We have gone through our home to try to make it as "fall safe" as possible, including remodeling our bathroom to make it ADA compliant. I fell a couple of months age because I caught my foot under a piece ...

Just had a fall and ended up with a broke leg amoung other things

  • By nannywiz9612 · New reply June 2, 2013
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  • Well my name is Barbara and I have been on this site about 2 years. When I came a member, I had osterprosis, heart attack, breast cancer in a lump only (did my 5 years), knee replacement, TMJ, bad nerves ...

AARP Article on the Increase in Falls Among Seniors

  • By al44 · New reply May 19, 2013
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  • Here's a link to an AARP article that explores the reasons why seniors fall, including dizziness from medication: falling-injury-in-older-adults-elderly-v ulnerable-to-injuries ...

Fall Prevention

  • By Learning_and_Growing · New reply February 21, 2013
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  • It is a bit overwhelming. I got my diagnosis for OP this past Nov. I have made several changes to my lifestyle this past month. What is kind of weird, is remembering not to place myself in situations ...

Cough - Broken Rib

  • By Jammy20 · New reply February 3, 2013
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  • My 85 year old mom was suffering from a bad cold, felt a pain in her chest after a coughing and ended up with a rib fracture. (confirmed with an xray). Has anyone had experience with this? She says the ...

Slideshow: Tips to Avoid Falls and Fractures

  • By SusieHathaway · New reply February 2, 2013
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  • Here's a nice slideshow with excellent tips on fall prevention from WebMD. I love the ideas in this excerpt: "... If a sidewalk looks slippery, walk on the grass. In winter, consider carrying a small ...

Safety: Movement & Homes

  • By SusieHathaway · New reply November 19, 2012
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  • Here's a nice video clip from WebMD with suggestions on safe movement and making your home safer if you have osteoporosis. ealth-12/default.htm ...

Videos - Safe movements when working in the garden

  • By Lela52 · New reply August 19, 2012
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  • I needed to see this - maybe you do too? vities-of-daily-living ...


  • By moffy · New reply July 27, 2012
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  • I have severe osteo which has been made much worse with breast cancer treatment. I am 65 years old. I am now finding it uncomfortable to travel by car. We have one with firm suspension apparently. Can ...


  • By VictoriaLynn · New reply May 10, 2012
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  • I need guidelines to help me... I have inner ear problem. It is making me very very dizzy. I have fallen twice and finding this very scary... having had 6 broken bones in 7 years ...

Avoiding twists

  • By sybhol · New reply March 4, 2012
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  • Does anyone have personal experience with fractures caused by twists? Most things I read about safe movements with osteoporosis say to avoid bending at the waist and to also avoid twisting. My question ...

Compression Fracture

  • By 2lessparathyroids · New reply January 3, 2012
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  • Haven't been on this site for some time now because I have been dealling with ongoing problems related to my osteoporosis and trying to get diagnosed with a second parathyroid adenoma. In the past month ...

Hip fracture and osteoporosis

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  • By ngroce (Inactive) · New reply October 10, 2011
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  • I'm looking for people who had a hip fracture, are native Spanish speakers and live in the U.S. please contact me ASAP or 307 277 7227 ...

Osteoporosis - Furniture Advice (Sofas, Chairs)

  • By redcar · New reply July 20, 2011
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  • I'm newly diagnosed with osteoporosis, female, age 56, with spine T score of 2.9 and femur T score of 2.3. I have questions about furniture. I'm relatively short (5'3") and have always found the typical ...

Using a Prosthesis with Osteoporosis

  • By USMCVET · New reply July 20, 2011
  • 11 replies
  • I am a disabled Marine Corps Veteran, Above Knee Amputee with Gentamicin Toxicity induced hearing loss and vestibular damage. I am currently on 5mg Prednisone/Day for Polymialgia Rheumatica and have recently ...

21 and have osteoporosis

  • By bri21 · New reply May 24, 2011
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  • Hello I have osteoporosis and I am really scared. I have severe osteoporosis of the spine and hip. I am doing dentistry and was wondering if the leaning over would affect my spine?I am extremely worried ...

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