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Review: Exercise for diseases that limit movement in the elderly

elderly fallResearchers from Keio University School of Medicine, in Tokyo, Japan make concise conclusions.

Here are the highlights.

Lumbar spinal stenosis

  • There’s insufficient evidence to support the effectiveness of exercise.
  • Spinal stenosis is a condition where the spinal canal narrows, compressing the spinal cord and nerves.

Mild to moderate osteoarthritis of the knee

  • Muscle strengthening and aerobic exercises reduce pain and improve physical function.

Postmenopausal women

  • Aerobics, weight bearing and resistance exercises increase bone mineral density of the spine.
  • Walking is beneficial to the hips.

The elderly

  • Muscle strengthening, balance training, and traditional Chinese tai chi reduce the risk of falling.

The bottom line?
The authors recommend to select appropriate exercises for elderly patients — especially those with mild to moderate osteoarthritis of the knee or osteoporosis.

11/29/09 20:28 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.