Effectiveness Of Exercise For Managing Osteoporosis In Women Postmenopause

Publication

Physical Therapy

Date Published

August 2013

Author

Kerstin M. Palombaro, Jill D. Black, Rachelle Buchbinder, Diane U. Jette

Summary

Postmenopausal women who are healthy, may benefit from an exercise program at least 2 to 3 times per week over the course of at least 6 months, and physical therapists should consider helping their clients and patients to plan and design appropriate programs. Although engaging in any type of exercise may be effective in slightly reducing loss of Bone Mineral Density in the spine and femoral trochanter, the most effective type of exercise for reducing loss of BMD in the neck of the femur might be high-force, non– weight-bearing exercise such as progressive resistance training of the lower extremity. A combination exercise regimen seems to be the most effective for reducing loss of BMD in the spine and neck of the femur and reducing risk of fracture, at least in the short term. 

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