What is Osteoporosis?
Weak and brittle bones are certainly a cause for concern, particularly when even the slightest movement like bending down to pick something up can cause a fracture. But if you have osteoporosis these problems can unfortunately seem commonplace.
Osteoporosis can happen to both men and women as they age, and is caused by a decrease in bone density, which causes the bones to become weak and brittle. In fact, this condition causes bones to become almost sponge-like and porous. Common regions affected by this condition include the spine, hips, and wrists.
Unfortunately, osteoporosis rarely shows symptoms in the early stages, but once bones have become weaker common symptoms include:
- Reduced height
- More frequent bone fractures
- Back pain
- Hunched posture
If you’ve recently been diagnosed with osteoporosis, or if you are experiencing symptoms that are common for those with osteoporosis, then it’s time you sought the care you deserve. Our medical team is here to make sure that you get the treatment you need to lead life to the fullest.
Through a bone density test, we can predict your risk of bone fractures for the next decade, which will help us determine the course of treatment that is best for you. If you aren’t at a high risk for bone fractures then you may not even require medication. Instead, we may try to focus on removing certain risk factors from your life to prevent injuries and falls.
Those at an increased risk for fractures will most likely take a medication called bisphosphonates (e.g. Fosamax; Actonel; Boniva). Besides this common medication, hormone therapy (e.g., estrogen) can help many women who have recently entered menopause to help maintain stronger bone density level. And for some men, reduced testosterone levels as they age can also play a role in developing osteoporosis. If this is the case, testosterone replacement therapy may also improve symptoms of osteoporosis.
There are other medications available that we will consider if the more common treatments don’t work. Our goal is to create a treatment plan that works for you!
Have questions about osteoporosis treatments? Then don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment in Camden County by calling (856) 547-8004.