Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a progressive bone disease that is characterized by a decrease in bone mass and density which can lead to an increased risk of fracture. There are many treatments available for the symptoms that are linked to osteoporosis. The main target of these treatments is to help avoid fracture of any bones. This is why it’s very important to diagnose this disease early, so we can avoid fractures that further weaken the skeletal system in your body.

Some of the risk factors for osteoporosis are:

      • People who have lost at least 1.6 inches in height
      • Bone fractures as an adult, especially hip, vertebral or wrist.
      • Long term use of steroid medication
      • Patients who have received an organ transplant
      • Long history of low estrogen levels
      • Heavy smoker or drinker
      • Parent with hip or vertebral fracture
      • Rheumatoid arthritis, seizures, hyper-parathyroid disease, renal decease
      • Chronic low calcium or low Vitamin D levels. Non-milk drinkers.
      • All postmenopausal women under the age of 65 with risk factors present, all women age 65 and older, men aged 50-69 with risk factors for osteoporosis, and all men aged over 70.

The first thing we would do if you fit the criteria for potentially having osteoporosis is a bone density exam, we have a bone density machine in our office for your convenience. A bone density exam is a non-painful, simple test, without exposure to radiation that measures how many grams of calcium and other bone minerals are packed into a segment of bone. The bones that are most commonly tested are located in the spine, hip and forearm.

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