Safety tips for individuals with Osteoporosis
And welcome to One Care Medical Center, Coimbatore’s premier orthopedic hospital. I am a full time practicing orthopedic surgeon in Coimbatore
In this short article, we are going to discuss 10 safety tips for individuals with osteoporosis. While it is exceedingly important for people to be active, it is equally important that you protect your bones as well, more so when diagnosed with Osteoarthritis
Here are some safety tips that you should follow especially when you are diagnosed with osteoporosis
Tip 1:- Visit your orthopedic surgeon
You must review your exercise options with your orthopedic doctor, more so when you osteoporosis. Finding out the degree and severity of the problem is also important. Understand a bit about the medications you are taking from your healthcare provider. Supervised exercise is usually the best way forward
Tip 2:- Work with the experts
Work with a physiotherapist who has some experience in dealing with patients who have osteoporosis. Ideally, your orthopedic doctor should help you through this by referring you to the right specialist.
Tip 3:- Low impact exercise
In patients with osteoporosis, low impact exercises are probably the best. Try using an elliptical stepper.
Tip 4:- Balance is important
Falls account for over 30 to 40% of fractures in patients with osteoporosis. Building balance and strength is exceedingly important. Join a fitness program that does both
Tip 5:- Footwear
Improper footwear also results in falls/accidents. Wear footwear that contains rubber soled shoes. These should also be comfortable providing you with adequate grip at the same time.
Tip 6:- Before & After
Pre-exercise warming up is as essential as post-exercising stretching. Both ward of injury to some extent as per the American College of Sports Medicine
Tip 7:- Protect your spine
Osteoporosis and vertebral fractures are close friends. Never ever put a sudden twisting motion on your spine.
Tip 8:- Ease off
You should ease of the exercise routine if you develop joint pain. Remember it’s not worth it.
I hope you enjoyed reading these short tips. Know someone with osteoporosis? Do share it with them!