Flexion exercises cause fractures with osteoporosis?

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Question from Joy2: I think when discussing exercises it's important to state that flexion exercises of the trunk and hip can cause vertebral and hip fractures if you have osteoporosis.
Answers - Charles Shapiro If you have osteoporosis and already have a fracture, then I would consult your physician about the best kind of exercise for you.
Marisa Weiss, M.D. It's important to do these things in moderation. If you're not exercising at all now and you want to start tomorrow, you need to be very careful and gentle on your body. It's also important to learn how to stretch before and after exercise so that you can take the best care of your muscles.

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