A simple and free test to predict hip fractures in women
American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR)-2014
The inability to either squat down to reach the floor, stand on one foot for 10 seconds or weak grip strength have all been associated with an increase fracture risk in women.
While bone-mineral-density tests and other measures provide essential information on when a patient may need osteoporosis prevention, research on signs of physical deterioration that can predict hip fracture has been lacking. The researchers looked at 2700 women and compared those who could perform these maneuvers with those that could not and found that there was a significant increase in fractures, especially those who could not stand on 1 foot for 10 seconds.
The good news is that this can been dramatically improved with physical therapy/balance therapy which we offer in our office through our KAIZEN TOTAL WELLNESS programs.