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Private Practice: Since 1980 to the present
Board-Certified: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fellowship: Infertility, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Chicago, IL
Residency: Ob/Gyn, Cook County Hospital, Chicago, IL and
Mt. Sinai Hospital, Chicago, IL
MD: University of Health Sciences Chicago Medical School
Instructor: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Christ Community Hospital,
MacNeal Memorial Hospital and Palos Community Hospital
Dr. Miller

Welcome to our health education library. The information shared below is provided to you as an educational and informational source only and is not intended to replace a medical examination or consultation, or medical advice given to you by a physician or medical professional.

Living with Osteoporosis: Preventing FracturesVivir con la osteoporosis: C³mo prevenir fracturas

Living with Osteoporosis: Preventing Fractures

If you have osteoporosis, you can do a lot to reduce its effect on your life. Knowing how to prevent fractures and spinal curvature can help you live more comfortably and safely with this disease.

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Reducing Your Risk of Fractures

The most common fracture sites in people with osteoporosis are the wrist, spine, and hip. These fractures are often caused by accidents and falls. All fractures are painful and may limit what you can do. But hip fractures are very serious. They require surgery, and it can take months to recover. To reduce your risk of fractures:

  • Get regular exercise. Try walking, swimming, or weight training.

  • Eat foods that are rich in calcium, or take calcium supplements.

  • Make your home safe to avoid accidents.

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Understanding Spinal Fractures

Your spine is made up of many bones called vertebrae. Osteoporosis can cause the vertebrae in your spine to collapse. As a result, your upper back may arch forward, creating a curvature. Spine fractures may also result from back strain and bad posture. You will also lose height. Your lower spine must then adjust to keep your body balanced. This can cause back pain. To prevent or lessen these spinal changes:

  • Practice good posture.

  • Use proper techniques if you need to lift heavy objects.

  • Do back exercises to help your posture.

  • Lie on your back when you have pain.

  • Ask your health care provider about these and other ways to help your spine.

Publication Source: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Online Source: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Date Last Reviewed: 2007-01-15T00:00:00-07:00

Date Last Modified: 2004-05-03T00:00:00-06:00

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