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ask a Professional Sarah Pettyjohn, PT, DPT Q: My sister told me she was diagnosed with osteopenia. What does that mean exactly and am I going to have it too? A: Osteopenia, now called low bone mass, is a term used to describe lower-than-normal bone density or thickness. Approximately 44 million adults in the United States have osteopenia. The condition is different than osteoporosis, which is a disease where normal bone structure becomes thinned out and porous. Low bone mass can occur at any age and for several reasons, but noticeable and significant bone loss is most likely to occur in women during the 5 to 7 years following menopause. This group is also more likely to experience a bone fracture than someone with normal bone mass. A physical therapist can help you prevent and treat low bone mass at any age by prescribing the specific amount and type of exercise that best builds and maintains strong bones. It is important to exercise throughout life, and especially when you have been diagnosed with low bone mass in order to build and maintain healthy bones. Exercise can help to build bone or slow the loss of bone. Your physical therapist is likely to prescribe two types of exercise that are best to build strong bones: weight bearing and resistance. Sundog Rehabilitation, llC Serving Rapid Valley and Custer locations! 605-787-2719 www.sundogrehab.com - Most Insurance Accepted

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