The inability to stand on 1 leg for 10 seconds or to squat down to reach the floor represent strong early predictors of hip fracture and mortality in postmenopausal women, according to a 15-year follow-up study presented here at the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) 2014 annual meeting.
Weight-bearing exercise is important for the health of your bones, because it strengthens them and helps to prevent further bone loss as you age. But what about balance exercise? Isn’t this very important too? According to the ASBMR the inability to stand on one leg for 10 seconds is a strong predictor of hip fracture. Most of us include some form of balance exercise in our daily workout, whether it’s heel lifts, yoga or Tai Chi ; but can you actually stand on one leg as long as you need to, to strengthen your hip and improve your balance?
Dynamic balance training helps prevent falls and assists in normal daily activities while strentheni...
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Treating the cause often improves the gait. For example, gait abnormalities from trauma to part of the leg will improve as the leg heals.
Physical therapy almost always helps with short-term or long-term gait disorders. Therapy will reduce the risk of falls and other injuries.
For an abnormal gait that occurs with conversion disorder, counseling and support from family members are strongly recommended.
For a propulsive gait:
Encourage the person to be as independent as possible.
Allow plenty of time for daily activities, especially walking. People with this problem are likely to fall because they have poor balance and are always trying to catch up.
Provide walking assistance for safety reasons, especially on uneven ground.
See a physical therapist for exercise therapy and walking retraining.
For a scissors gait:
People with a scissors gait often lose skin sensation. Skin care ...
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