“The Education on Bone Integrity to Prevent the Prevalence of Osteoporosis”

Date of Award

Spring 1-21-2024

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics



First Advisor

Dr. Ryan Hubbard



This study addresses osteoporosis, a disease leading to weakened and brittle bones, often resulting in fractures from minor stresses. Diagnosis involves bone mineral density (BMD) assessment, highlighting vulnerability to fragility fractures. Nutrition, specifically calcium and vitamin D intake, plays a crucial role in preventing osteoporosis, with exercise preserving and increasing BMD. The prevalence of fractures worldwide underscores the silent nature of this disease, causing long-term disability and premature death. Recognizing osteoporosis as preventable, the study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of an education program targeting the younger generation. Emphasizing community-based approaches, the program seeks to integrate exercise and nutritional knowledge into schools. The study spans three years, with annual follow-up, aiming to assess the impact of education on osteoporosis prevention. Results will guide improvements in the educational process, addressing the potential lack of bone health knowledge in younger generations and contributing to reducing osteoporosis recurrence.

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