Osteoporosis-related fractures a growing risk

Rehab Regs, October 22, 2004

U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona reports that by 2020, half of all Americans over age 50 will be at risk for fractures and low bone mass if individuals, health care providers, and policymakers don't take action, according to PT Bulletin Online. Each year, roughly 1.5 million people suffer a bone fracture related to osteoporosis, according to the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services. Carmona's report says that PTs play an important role in both fracture prevention and treatment by evaluating balance and the risks of falling. PTs can also teach specific exercises and techniques to minimize that risk.

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