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Compression Fractures

As we age, tiny cracks can appear in the vertebral bodies (the large bones that make up the spine). The vertebrae most commonly broken are those in the lower lumbar area but they may break in any portion of the spine. When these hairline fractures add up, they can lead to a collapse of the bone. When… Continue reading Compression Fractures

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Preventing Osteoporosis

You may worry that being active means you're more likely to fall and break a bone. But, the opposite is true. A regular, properly designed exercise may actually help prevent falls and fractures. That is because exercise strengthens bones and muscles and improves balance, coordination, and flexibility. That's key for people with osteoporosis. According to the US Centers… Continue reading Preventing Osteoporosis

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Osteoporosis

Osteopenia and osteoporosis are conditions that occur when the body doesn't make new bone as quickly as it reabsorbs old bone. There are two types of bones. There are the long bones, such as the arms and legs, which contain cortical or dense bone. The other type is trabecular bone, which is more porous or spongy,… Continue reading Osteoporosis