Climbing with Osteoporosis

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Climbing with Osteoporosis

by Moni » Mon Dec 23, 2019 6:30 pm

I was recently diagnosed with osteoporosis - likely because of genetics. Both my mother and her mother had it. Even though my scan shows osteoporosis, I have had no height loss nor suffered broken bones and I would like it to stay that way. I do a lot of weight bearing exercises and my doctor encourages me to continue to do all the hiking, climbing, skiing, etc. that I have been doing, because she thinks that is why I am doing so well. I am 68 and post menopausal, but men can get osteoporosis as well.

My question is: a sit harness transfers fall energy to exactly those points that are at risk for debilitating fractures with osteoporosis. Should I avoid that sort of climbing or is there a harness that would be more appropriate for me?

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Re: Climbing with Osteoporosis

by asmrz » Mon Dec 23, 2019 7:40 pm

Moni

I think it depends on how serious your Osteoporosis is.

My wife is 68, and has some of it as well. Every time we go on a long trip (we do a lot of extended trips, 1-2 months) her doctor marvels at how she improves. Carrying a pack works wonders for her.

She leads rock climbs, but only at her safe level. When we do something hard(der) and she falls, the impact is minimal, the dynamic nature of the rope takes care of the force on her mid section.

She has lived with this for a few years. We still do a lot of backcountry climbing, scrambling and extended backpacks and so far she has had no issues.

We do things similar to what you and Fred have done for years. Unless the issue is very serious, just keep going.

Maybe there is a Doc reading this and can comment more specifically.

Good luck and good climbing, Alois Smrz in Idylwild, CA.

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Re: Climbing with Osteoporosis

by Moni » Mon Dec 23, 2019 9:28 pm

Thanks Alois.
My osteoporosis scores are sufficiently low that I am on medication. It is heartening to hear that your wife is still climbing. That certainly is reassuring.

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Re: Climbing with Osteoporosis

by zarar » Sun Jan 26, 2020 5:31 pm

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