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NATIONAL OSTEOPOROSIS FOUNDATION
Susan Randall, RN, FNP-BC, MSN posted:
Many people ask about wearing a weighted vest as a part of a bone healthy exercise program.

Before purchasing a weighted vest, check with your healthcare provider to see if it is safe and appropriate for you to wear one. Your healthcare provider knows of your individual situation — including your bone mineral density and any other health-related issues you may have.

There are some weighted vests that are not safe for people with osteoporosis. These include vests that sit on the shoulders and only have weights on the upper part of the trunk. This could increase the stress on the spine, causing increased kyphosis (curvature of the spine). A safer vest is weighted throughout the trunk. These are especially good when they are well fitted at the waist. This should spread stress evenly around the trunk, reducing the weight from the top of the shoulders. They must fit very well, be tightened around the waist, and should not be used in people with kyphosis.

We also suggest that people with osteoporosis ask their healthcare provide if they should get a referral to see a physical therapist. Physical therapists, who work with people who have osteoporosis, are excellent resources for developing safe and appropriate exercise programs.
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