The structural deterioration of bone tissue in osteopenia, and osteoporosis can lead to an increased risk of fracture with aging–but physical therapy can help.
According to the National Institute of Health Osteoporosis and Related Bone Disease Resource Center, over 40 million people are diagnosed with osteoporosis or are at high risk due to low bone density each year. In addition, approximately one in two women and one in four men, age fifty and older, will suffer from a fracture related to osteoporosis.
A comprehensive physical therapy program can help prevent fractures and falls and introduce beneficial assistive devices.
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