2010 Review on Exercise & Osteoporosis

Reference:Martyn-St James M, Carroll S. Effects of different impact exercise modalities on bone mineral density in premenopausal women: a meta-analysis. J Bone Miner Metab. 2010 May;28(3):251-67

This 2010 meta-analysis concluded that combined protocols integrating low or high-impact exercise with resistance were effective in increasing bone mineral density at both the lumbar spine and the femoral neck.

Personal Comment: As physical therapists we need to make the general population aware of the benefits of a loaded and resisted exercise program on bone health. I personally believe the reason calcium supplements do not reduce fracture risk, is because no supplement can increase proprioception, co-ordination and balance to prevent falls.

On the other hand, a regular exercise program accomplishes BOTH …stronger bones and improved balance!

Posted on: March 29, 2011

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