Here’s what you should know about bone weakening as you age.
If you are 65 or older our Gloucester County, Camden County, NJ, rheumatologist Dr. Mark Fisher may recommend a bone density test to check for early signs of osteoporosis. Women are more at risk for osteoporosis after menopause, so don’t be surprised if you need regular bone density testing with our team. Osteoporosis is a progressive disorder that weakens bones and increases the risk for bone fractures, so it’s vital that you catch this problem early so we can slow its progression through lifestyle changes and medications. Here are some of the warning symptoms of osteoporosis,
A Curved Spine
As osteoporosis progresses, it weakens the vertebrae of the spine. This affects the shape of the vertebrae, causing the back to curve into a “widow’s hump.” This condition, known as kyphosis, is a common deformity and sign of osteoporosis that can lead to compression or cracks in the vertebrae if left untreated.
If you’ve noticed that your shoulder is rounded over or your upper back is hunched over as you get older, this could be a telltale sign of osteoporosis. It’s important to schedule a checkup with our Gloucester County, Camden County, NJ, team to find out.
Are you noticing that you are losing height? While it’s normal to lose a bit of height with age, if you notice a more substantial or rapid height loss (2 inches or more), this could be a sign of osteoporosis. Those with height loss related to osteoporosis are also more at risk for fractures, so it’s important that you turn to us as soon as possible to discuss treatment options.
Bones that Break More Easily
Since osteoporosis weakens bones, you may find yourself prone to more fractures, particularly of the hip or spine. These fractures can occur even if there isn’t a traumatic incident like a fall. By turning to our team for regular bone density screening, we will be able to detect osteoporosis early and provide you with treatment options that can control the symptoms and protect bones from further weakening.
Suppose you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis or are experiencing symptoms of osteoporosis, our Gloucester County and Camden County, South NJ. In that case, rheumatologist Dr. Fisher and his team can provide you with a custom treatment plan to get your symptoms under control. Call (856) 547-8004 today to schedule an evaluation.