Osteopenia of the spine

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I'm on steroids and an immune suppressant and was prescribed Alendronic Acid (and calcium/D) to protect the bones. But I need a lot of dental work and was worried about the side effects so I only took 5 x weekly doses and asked for a dexa scan. The scan showed osteopenia in the spine. Still don't want to take Alendronic Acid though. I've been getting a bit of lower back pain and hope it's not a fracture - though I swear I can hear my bones scrunch if I turn a certain way! I wondered - would wearing a corset/brace help protect my back?

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    Wearing a corset is likely to cause your muscles to become weaker, whereas what you want is to strengthen muscles which support the spine. There are some techniques to protect the spine, such as a way to crouch without straining your knees and not bending your spine forward. Avoid twisting your body when standing, and for activities like unloading groceries try putting bags on a chair so they are at a comfortable height to unload. A physiotherapist can give you good advice and targeted exercises but you can find info for safe exercises with osteoporosis on line.

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