Q. Is it safe to play golf with osteoporosis?
A. Bone can be strengthened by two different means of exercise. Weight bearing exercise (like walking) helps by adding stressors in which the body responds by strengthening the bone itself.
Pulling on the bone by the muscles (as in golf) is very effective at stressing the bone as well, causing it to strengthen. However, it still remains important to get full clearance from your doctor.
Often advanced forms of osteoporosis can cause the bone to fracture easily and the amount of exercise that one can tolerate would have to be built up slowly.
Once your doctor has cleared you to exercise, golf is a terrific sport and if you are able - try walking the course!
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