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Peppurr: Relax; you wouldn't have made your spinal bone density worse by doing Pilates. Probably the biggest "danger" of Pilates is injuring your low back by improperly performing an exercise. That's wonderful that you've found an instructor who devotes her energies to learning the routine from the standpoint of osteo.

My lumbar BMD is -3.4 and I do all kinds of exercises (including Pilates) in hopes of strengthening my back muscles and improving my posture. I downhill ski the black diamonds, cycle, lift weights and hike too.

People (even some doctors) hear my BMD score and look at me with horror...it's as if they think I'm going to crumble into a pile of dust right before their eyes. Touch wood, I've had some good falls and never fractured anything yet, although over the past few years I've dislocated a shoulder, torn knee cartilage and required surgery, and am currently battling tennis elbow and a couple of painful overused knees (what we do to keep in shape :( ). I've been reading these boards since July, and have come to the conclusion that a low BMD score isn't a good indicator of fracture risk.

It sounds as if you've thought this out and are taking some positive steps. Good for you! Do keep us posted as to how your doctors appointment goes.
P.S. I agree with you 100% about our health-care system, although it's really not much better across the border either.
[QUOTE=starfish81;3246495]Peppurr: Relax; you wouldn't have made your spinal bone density worse by doing Pilates. Probably the biggest "danger" of Pilates is injuring your low back by improperly performing an exercise. That's wonderful that you've found an instructor who devotes her energies to learning the routine from the standpoint of osteo.

My lumbar BMD is -3.4 and I do all kinds of exercises (including Pilates) in hopes of strengthening my back muscles and improving my posture. I downhill ski the black diamonds, cycle, lift weights and hike too.

People (even some doctors) hear my BMD score and look at me with horror...it's as if they think I'm going to crumble into a pile of dust right before their eyes. Touch wood, I've had some good falls and never fractured anything yet, although over the past few years I've dislocated a shoulder, torn knee cartilage and required surgery, and am currently battling tennis elbow and a couple of painful overused knees (what we do to keep in shape :( ). I've been reading these boards since July, and have come to the conclusion that a low BMD score isn't a good indicator of fracture risk.

It sounds as if you've thought this out and are taking some positive steps. Good for you! Do keep us posted as to how your doctors appointment goes.
P.S. I agree with you 100% about our health-care system, although it's really not much better across the border either.[/QUOTE]

OK....got my feet up....am relaxing!:D And I've been freaking out because of my -2.8! Not any more!!!:jester: Thanks sooo much for your post! I remember the first time I found out I had graduated to osteoporosis. The doctor looked at me like I had the plague - all doom and gloom so maybe that's where I'm coming from!

Since reading this board, I have a different attitude. My eyes actually popped out when I read about your fitness regime! KUDOS to you! I wish you well with your tennis elbow and knees!

I'm still not sure about the low BD score and fractures though. I had never broken a bone in my life until 2 yrs ago. In Nov '04 I had a freak accident where I got hit in the head by one of those old-fashioned garage doors without a sensor. Got slammed to the ground, and ended up with a hairline fracture in one foot. One year later, I was crossing a street and got hit by a car. Knocked over and broke my leg (another hairline fracture) and nose.

Hard to know for sure, but it could be the bones broke because of thinning. I am otherwise a very healthy person.

Happy Thanksgiving to you!!





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