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Thursday, December 04, 2008 geri b, Community Member, asks

Q: Exercise for hip femoral neck

what specific exercise will help build bone in hip femoral neck?

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Pam Flores, Health Guide
12/ 4/08 5:59pm

Hi geri:  I don't know of any exercise that is specifically for the femoral neck.  I would imagine that any *safe* weight bearing exercise that is recommended for your hip would also cover strengthening the femoral neck, but you need to find out what type of exercise that is from a specialist in this area.


Can you consult with a Physical Therapist that has education in the field of osteoporosis and have them set up a personalized exercise routine for you given your current physical condition and level of bone loss?  If your insurance will cover PT, then you could set up a consultation for a exercise routine that could then be done at home, after you've been trained and monitored for technique at the PT's office.


It' very difficult to tell anyone about specific exercises, because there is no way of knowing your level of physical condition, or if you have any injuries or medical conditions that would prevent certain types of exercise.


Talk to your Dr about getting a Physical therapy order and ask the Dr what they think about this approach.  Personally, I've done this and it usually works out much better than trying to follow a DVD or book on osteo exercise.  If for some reason you can't do this, then walking is the one exercise that *most* experts recommend, but that's providing you don't have anything that would prevent you from doing this--like a pre-existing medical condition that worsens with walking.

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