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Osteoporosis is a long-term (chronic) condition. But proper treatment can lead to significant improvements in bone mass. It can decrease the likelihood that a fracture will occur.

Bone mass usually does not return to normal after treatment. But the risk of fracture may decrease dramatically after treatment.

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