Assistive devices

Today there are many devices and different types of equipment to assist people to help keep them safe and prevent falls. Check with your healthcare provider before using an assistive device or equipment to make sure that it is safe and appropriate for you. Note: The information shared by members of the community does not constitute an endorsement by the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF).


What kind of mattress is best for someone with osteoporosis.

  • By Lin545 · New reply July 26, 2012
  • 35 replies
  • Does anyone know what type of mattress is best to buy? We need help deciding. My Doctor says I could turn over in bed and get a fracture. My neck and back pain has been very bad since a major surgery ...

Sitting on outdoor furniture

  • By Kmoriabro · Posted July 23, 2012
  • 0 replies
  • It's extremely painful no matter how I try to beef up the cushions. I hurt for hours later. Anybody have some tips for more comfortable outdoor living ...

weight vest

  • By buckvic · Posted July 18, 2012
  • 0 replies
  • why wear the weight low on the hips if you have osteo in your mid spine? it would miss the weight bearing in the needed area? Start slow. I goofed and used 6 to start. should of used 2 ...

Recommendation for Hip Protectors?

  • By Teebone · New reply June 30, 2012
  • 10 replies
  • Is anyone out there using a hip protector that they are happy with, easy to get on/off, not too cumbersome but effective? (I've read there are people who've fractured their hips putting on/taking these ...

Looking for slim pillow for osteoporosis-back sleeper

  • By DanaLee · New reply June 30, 2012
  • 15 replies
  • As the title says, I'm looking for recommendations for a supportive, slim (not fluffy and high) pillow for sleeping on my back. I can only lie (comfortably) on my back and the new pillows are usually ...

Posture Support Brace?

  • By Sieglinde · New reply June 23, 2012
  • 1 reply
  • Has anyone got experience using one of these? Good or bad - I think I need this to help me at the moment walking more straight following 7 fractured vertebra's. There are a number of different ones on ...

Recomendations for a Posture Support Bra?

  • By defendwolf · Posted April 19, 2012
  • 0 replies
  • I have been having pain between my shoulder blades in my spine. I have a posture control brace but it is uncomfortable with a bra... So, I am now looking for a good posture control bra that is comfortable ...


osteobelle (Inactive)
  • By osteobelle (Inactive) · New reply March 3, 2012
  • 4 replies
  • I have a question to IT experts on the forum and moderators. With all these Google changes, privacy is on my mind. We are here in various forms of "undress." I am wondering if those of us who want to ...

Anyone tried a weighted diving belt?

  • By FayRho · New reply December 27, 2011
  • 4 replies
  • My sister-in-law, who has a doctorate in physiotherapy and currently does research at Harvard, gave me a copy of a study that takes a whole lot of bone/exercise studies and extrapolates what kinds of ...

TENS machine for pain relief

  • By EmmieKau · New reply October 21, 2011
  • 13 replies
  • Hi all! I got a TENS machine about a week ago. My spine Dr. set it all up and the rep. for the company showed me how to use it. It is very simple. You control where you place the "sticky pad" and how ...

smith and nephew bone growth stimulater

  • By morninggloryr · New reply October 4, 2011
  • 3 replies
  • Does anybody have any info on a bone growth stimulater such as how well does it work and, is it covered by medi-care which was just prescribed to me ...

Marodyne LIV tablet update

  • By windblown · New reply July 23, 2011
  • 20 replies
  • Below is a copy of an email I got from the manufacturer of the LIV tablet. Looks as if Sept '11 will be the release date. Delays for Marodyne LIV Tablet We appreciate your patience and apologize for the ...

Office chair for osteo

  • By egreenfi · New reply June 10, 2011
  • 2 replies
  • I have a burst fracture at L5 and several compressed vertebrae higher up, and have lost about 2-3" in height, making my office chair no longer comfortable. Since my height loss is almost all between my ...

Walker vs. Scooter

  • By Jahrenlee · New reply May 18, 2011
  • 6 replies
  • I'm 60 years old, and I currently use a walker out of necessity. (Obviously, nobody would use one "for fun"!) Over the past 7 years, I've had 22-bone related operations (primarily fractures and corrective ...


  • By Lela52 · New reply April 8, 2011
  • 5 replies
  • There is one thing that my osteoporosis back don´t like to live without and that is my Kneeling balance Chair. I think it helps my posture ? and I hope it is good for my back because I feel great when ...

Is an inversion table a good thing?

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  • By spunkyblondie (Inactive) · New reply January 8, 2011
  • 11 replies
  • I was just reading Lilrayosun's blog (fascinating reading, btw) and was struck by her assertion that "spinal extension" in yoga was good. That got me to thinking--what about inversion tables? It seems ...

Vibrations over the bone to encourage growth?

  • By Donnadjc · New reply August 21, 2010
  • 40 replies
  • I'm not sure just where I read this, but thought it was worth sharing with other Osteoporosis sufferers. I have it bad in my spine and can not ride horses anymore. If anyone knows if using a vibrating ...

Slim Pillow best for posture whilst sleeping for osteoporosis

saxon (Inactive)
  • By saxon (Inactive) · New reply July 5, 2010
  • 12 replies
  • My physiotherapist has recommended using a slim pillow ( as slim and flat as possible), for sleeping. She said that the modern trend of sleeping with lots of pillows is bad for your neck and back posture ...

Non slip shower mats??? That actually work...

  • By windblown · New reply June 15, 2010
  • 18 replies
  • Hi everyone...I've had some really close calls lately, and for some time, with shower mats sliding while standing on them. I've tried all kinds and wondered if any of you have any ideas for a type that ...

spinal orthosis - support for spine whilst doing housework.

saxon (Inactive)
  • By saxon (Inactive) · New reply March 25, 2010
  • 6 replies
  • I have just read a report about the benefits of a spinal orthosis for supporting the spine and helping to reduce pain from vertebrae fractures. Was wondering about getting one to help support my back ...

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