Q&A: Dr Cyr, I had spinal fusion surgery a long time ago and I’m wanting to build up my bone density and I’m curious about your take on low impact vs high impact exercises? ~Jean H.
For the question about impact: the best way to build bone density is weight-bearing exercises, not high-impact exercises. High-impact exercises will increase your chances of having adjacent level disease and arthritic changes in the spine and joints. My recommendation is to perform non-weight-bearing or low-impact exercises and to build your bone density with calcium and vitamin D supplementation and weight lifting exercises using strict form.