Osteoporosis is a common bone disease that affects both men and women (mostly women), usually as they age. When your bone mass is low, bones become fragile and are more likely to break. Some people are more at risk for osteoporosis than others. You can calculate your 10-year risk of having a major osteoporotic fracture here .
Not all risk factors can be changed, but healthy habits and a proper exercise routine designed by your physical therapist can keep bones healthy and reduce risk.
Physical therapists can play an important role in helping you ensure optimal bone health.
Not only is it important to eat a balanced diet with plenty of calcium and supplement important minerals and vitamins as needed, it is also important to live an active lifestyle. Exercises that strengthen your muscles also strengthen your bones.
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*If you have osteoporosis, are at high risk for a fall or fracture, or have a medical condition, affecting your ability to exercise, do not begin an exercise program without first consulting your physician and a physical therapist.