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The Effects of Exercise on Balance, Height, Spinal Curves, Quality of Life and Perceived Back Pain in Individuals at High Risk for Osteoporosis

1 May 1999


Osteoporosis is the most common bone disease in elderly women, affecting over eight million white women in the United States. This study investigated the effects of exercise on balance, height, spinal curvature, quality of life and perceived back pain in individuals at high risk for osteoporosis. The subjects consisted of five women, 65-75 years of age, at high risk for osteoporosis and exhibiting four of the eight inclusion criteria. The subjects participated in a seven week exercise program with measurements taken two weeks prior to the program, at its beginning, at its conclusion and eight weeks after. Results indicated that perceived pain was the only variable that showed a desirable and significant change after participating in the exercise program.


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