Exercise For Improving Outcomes After Osteoporotic Vertebral Fracture


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Brita Stanghelle, Hege Bentzen, Lora Giangregorio, Are Hugo Pripp and Astrid Bergland


Vertebral fractures are associated with increased morbidity (e.g. pain, reduced quality of life) and mortality. Therapeutic exercise is anon-pharmacological conservative treatment that is often recommended for patients with vertebral fractures to reduce pain and restore functional movement. There was moderate-quality evidence that exercise probably improves physical performance in individuals with vertebral fracture. No other definitive conclusions can be made regarding the benefits of exercise on incident fragility fractures, falls, adverse events, and other patient-reported outcome measures (pain, quality of life) for individuals with a history of vertebral fracture.

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