A patient with osteoporosis asks the nurse about how she can prevent fractures from her condition. The nurse should tell the patient to avoid which of the following positions?

 

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- Sitting slumped, with the head forward

- Bending at the knees

- Keeping a close center of gravity

- Standing with the shoulders back

Rationale

A patient with osteoporosis is at risk of fractures from even minor injuries. Having proper body alignment places less stress on the patients spine and can prevent fractures. The nurse should counsel the patient to avoid sitting in a slumped position with the head forward and twisting at the waist while turning.

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