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Doctor insights on: Weight Bearing Exercises For Non Ambulatory Patients To Increase Bone Strength

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Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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Can a bone cyst hurt? Was told I had one in tibia when I was young. Having some non-weight bearing very intermittent pain in the area.

Can a bone cyst hurt? Was told I had one in tibia when I was young. Having some non-weight bearing very intermittent pain in the area.

Yes, if...: Bone cysts can cause persistent pain if the cyst has weakened the bone or caused it to fracture. Persistent pain in the region of a known cyst requires repeat imaging. ...Read more

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What happens to your bones if you don't do weight-bearing activities?

What happens to your bones if you don't do weight-bearing activities?

Varies: Most everyone dies at least some weight bearing exercises, walking is a weight bearing exercise for example. But the implication is that placing a stress across the bones in the body can make them strong and not doing it can make them weak. Bed ridden patients can pretty rapidly get what is known as disuse osteoporosis, a weakening of the bones due to inactivity. ...Read more

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I have heard that "standing frames" - devices that move paraplegics to a standing position - help maintain bone density due to the weight-bearing aspect. Have any of you had actual experience with these? Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks!

I have heard that "standing frames" - devices that move paraplegics to a standing position - help maintain bone density due to the weight-bearing aspect.  Have any of you had actual experience with these?  Any thoughts would be appreciated.
Thanks!

Bone: I have been involved in "bone" since 1974 and have published about 130 articles. I will need to know what problems you have with your legs - . can you stand on them?. can you get in and out of a bath or shower? There are many more potential issues, the most important being your ability to stand and walk. Please send me more information! ...Read more

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What to do if i broke my left ankle mind communication in talus bone .I m on non weight bearing on foot for 7 weeks cast?

What to do if i broke my left ankle mind communication in talus bone .I m on non weight bearing on foot for 7 weeks cast?

Comminuted fracture: Unfortunately, bone healing takes a minimum of 4-6 weeks. Staying compliant with non-weightbearing orders until then and eating a healthy diet, not smoking and (my preference) not taking NSAIDs (as there is evidence that they inhibit healing) are all important. If your injury looks anything like the attached photo, your healing time could be much longer (12+ weeks) minimum to a year. ...Read more

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I had an open tib/fib fracture 7 years ago my dr didn't set my fib because it is a non weight bearing bone. Still have leg pain is it because fib?

I had an open tib/fib fracture 7 years ago   my dr didn't set my fib because it is a non weight bearing bone. Still have leg pain  is it because fib?

Unlikely: It is fairly unlikely, but not impossible, by now the fracture is likely healed. It is more likely that in the same injury you also injured some soft tissues in the area such as a ligament or tendon. Consider requesting an MRI if you are having trouble with it. ...Read more

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I fractured my left ankle mind communication in talus bone .I m on non weight bearing on foot for 7 weeks cast?

I fractured my left ankle mind communication in talus bone .I m on non weight bearing on foot for 7 weeks cast?

Yes...: Injuries to the talus may take a long time to heal and may need extended periods of immobilization. ...Read more