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Osteoporosis and Physical therapy in Cary, Illinois.

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a disease that attacks your bone mass and causes the deterioration of your bone tissue.

When this happens, your bones become extremely fragile and prone to fracture, especially those bones in the hip, spine, wrist and shoulder.

Sometimes called “the silent thief” because this disease quietly moves in and causes bone loss without anyone being aware it is happening, it impacts at least one out of every three women and one in five men at some point during their lifetime.

Osteoporosis should not be confused with osteoarthritis. The former is a bone disease, the latter impacts the joints and surrounding tissue.

A result of osteoporosis is a dramatically reduced quality of life. In the beginning, it makes people afraid to go out and participate in life for fear of bone fractures. In its advanced stages, it can result in disfigurements, lowered self-esteem, reduction or complete loss of mobility, and decreased independence.

Osteoporosis is a primary concern and area of research and treatment at Cary Physical Therapy.