Senior Balance Exercises For Spinal Fractures

By Suzanne Stoke, Physical Therapist @ Exercise For Balance via


The medical community has determined that practicing senior balance exercises is essential for all older adults to limit the possibility of falling and sustaining an injury. Unfortunately, statistics reveal that one in three individuals in the aging population fall every year. Most falls result in fractures. The most common bones that fracture secondary to a fall are the hip, wrist, shoulder, facial bones and spinal vertebrae. Compression fractures in the thoracic and lumbar spine are common, especially among women who have concurrent conditions including osteoporosis and osteopenia. With compression fractures of the vertebrae in the spine there are several resulting factors including:
-Anterior wedge-shaped collapse of the vertebrae
-Loss of bone in to decrease in bone mineral content
-Significant increase in sharp pain in the thoracic lumbar region
-Increased pain with sitting
-Muscle guarding at fracture site
-Increased pain with bending over to tie shoes or pick up items from the floor
-Increased pain with trying to straighten the spine
-Forward leaning posture
-Decreased balance secondary to forward posture and weak trunk muscles
These factors that accompany a spinal fracture result in greater immobility and poor balance, which can lead to further falls and further injury. Thankfully, practicing senior balance exercises can help improve stability and reverse the effects of a spinal fracture. Please see


Senior Balance Exercises Following A Spinal Fracture

   Rehearsing senior balance exercises every day is essential for older adults to help improve their balance and limited potential for falling. One critical equilibrium exercise that can combat the tendency to lean forward after having a spinal fracture is to learn how to adopt an upright posture and center one’s body weight in the middle of their base of support within their feet. By having an upright posture, the individual is less likely fall forwards and injure themselves again. Additionally, by concentrating on having an upright posture and keeping the balance point centered in the base of support, the individual will be able to strengthen their trunk muscles, which is also a key factor in having good stability. you can Practice these senior balance exercises as well as many more strengthening exercises and stability strategies in the convenience of your own home with the Exercise For Balance DVD, developed by an experienced physical therapist.


Balance Exercises In The Exercise For Balance DVDbalance exercise dvd

    For anyone who has had a previous fracture, it is imperative to begin the balance exercises with the Exercise For Balance DVD. The Balance DVD is designed for easy use at home or in a group setting. The clearly presented DVD is packed with the best balance and strength exercises needed to enhance senior fitness and to perform basic activities like walking, standing, stair climbing or to advance to high level activities like dancing and hiking. In the Exercise For Balance DVD, you will learn how to improve balance, balance techniques and balance routines from a licensed Physical Therapist who has worked with balance and dizziness disorders for over 20 years. Get your copy of the Exercise For Balance DVD by clicking on the BUY NOW button

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To prevent falls and fractures, start balance exercises today with the Exercise For Balance DVD to improve balance and prevent falls.

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