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Q: Why is physical activity important for women with osteoporosis?

Exercise and physical activity help to fortify women against fracture and injury. By increasing muscular support of weakened bones and keeping joints and muscles flexible, exercise can help women become less vulnerable to injury. Also, exercises that increase muscular support of the bones are important because they improve flexibility and balance, helping to prevent falls and strains. Finally, regular physical exercise is crucial to prevent further bone loss. As with all new exercise programs, however, a person needs to begin slowly and get assistance when appropriate. A physical therapist can help design a program suited to your individual needs.

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