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Osteoporosis and Bone Health

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Osteoporosis and low bone mineral density (BMD) affect 54 million Americans or 60% of people over age 50. If you haven't thought about your bones lately, the time is now because people with osteoporosis and low bone mineral density are at increased risk for all types of fractures. In fact, 1 in 2 women and 1 in 4 men older than 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their remaining lifetime, most frequently of the wrist, spine or hips.

However, you can influence your risk for fracture and preserve more of your bone density by addressing lifestyle factors, engaging in exercise that targets your bones, and optimize your balance and strength to reduce your risk for falling. When you consult with one of our physical therapists, he or she will perform a comprehensive evaluation of your posture, strength and balance, as well as provide additional analysis of risks and recommendations for reduction.

Once your physical therapist has helped you address impairments that may increase your risk for an osteoporosis-related fracture, he or she may recommend you consider participating in Shatterproof, our community-based exercise class that specifically targets the fitness and postural needs of patients with osteoporosis or low bone mineral density.

Please call (773) 665-9950 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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