IF YOU HAVE OSTEOPENIA or osteoporosis, you may be concerned that putting stress on your bones through exercise could lead to fractures. But with the right strategy, working out is the exact solution to help prevent those very injuries.
“Exercise causes stress on the body, which is not always a bad thing,” says physical therapist Ryan Yelle, the regional clinical director at Professional Physical Therapy in New York City. “Our skeletal system needs this stress in order to help remodel and grow new bone. This keeps our bones from becoming brittle and maintains their integrity.”
Through the decades, and especially in the case of adults with osteopenia and osteoporosis, where the bones become increasingly weak and porous, exercise is vital. “If [the] bone is not stimulated, the body will remove it,” says physical therapist Dan Curtis, outpatient rehabilitation services supervisor at Health Central Hospital in Ocoee, Florida. “Essentially, just like many other things in the human body, it is use it or lose it.”
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