New Study Reports: “A Fracture Anywhere Reduces Bone Density Everywhere”

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–With approximately 6.3 million fractures occurring each year in the
U.S., recent
studies
by UC Davis Health reveal that when you fracture a bone
anywhere in your body, that fracture can cause bone density loss
throughout the entire body. While the mechanism by which this occurs has
not yet been precisely determined, they believe that it is related to
the higher levels of inflammatory markers in the blood.

“This is important news,” says Holly Herman, Doctor of Physical Therapy,
Orthopedic and Women’s Health. “These studies tell us that those who
have experienced a fracture are subject to additional fractures – not
necessarily near the location of the original fracture – leaving a huge
population concerned with bone health and avoiding additional fractures.
We also know that women
are at higher risk
for wrist fractures than men.”

Stress fractures caused by repetitive motions are responsible for about 10%
of all sports overuse injuries. Among the many ways we can prevent
additional fractures are:

  • Exercising to improve balance and strength, and for women most
    importantly: quadriceps strengthening, one legged balance activities,
    postural correction of the kyphosis in the thorax and head, abdominal
    strengthening, and correctly fitting shoes. All shoes should be a
    thumb’s width longer than the longest toe, with an added 1/8” width at
    the ball of the foot. Foot size changes are common in post-partum
    women and women between the ages 35 – 50.
  • Fall-proofing your home, where most fractures occur, by installing
    handrails, taping down carpets and throw rugs, clearing out hallways
    and stairs, clearing off outside stairways and installing rubber mats
    on steps, and adding a night light in the bathroom.
  • Wearing protective gear like Wellgate’s
    wrist supports during exercise.
  • Taking vitafusion
    Calcium and vitafusion™ Vitamin D3 for bone and immune
    support if a blood or saliva test indicates a supplement is necessary.
    Both are easy-to-take gummies with clinically proven absorption for
    vitamins C and D. The Osteoporosis medicine Reclast, a once-a-year
    infusion for three years, has been shown to be helpful.

Dr. Holly Herman has been a physical therapist (PT) for more than 43
years, with a full-time private practice in Cambridge, MA, providing
diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic, biofeedback, sexual medicine and
pelvic rehabilitation for women and men.

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