Osteoporosis Treatment In Troy & Rochester Hills
Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and brittle, often resulting in an increase in injuries. Though it is an incurable condition, osteoporosis treatment helps to manage pain and control progression of the disease. Call now for a consultation!
What is osteoporosis?
For most people, bone is constantly lost and replaced throughout life,but for people with osteoporosis, the naturally-occurring holes in the bones get larger over time, causing them to become brittle and break more easily. Fractures from osteoporosis can usually be prevented with treatment, but because most people cannot feel their bones getting weaker, most of the 54 million Americans who are at risk for osteoporosis do not receive a diagnosis until they experience serious symptoms like getting shorter or breaking bones.
Osteoporosis is most common in women over the age of 65 and men over the age of 70, and doctors recommend that people in this population get screened for the disease by having a bone density test. People under these ages who have increased risk factors for bone loss such as previous fractures, smoking, low bodyweight, or a family history of osteoporosis, should also be screened. Bone density tests use low-radiation x-rays to monitor bone loss over time, making it important to get screenings at regular intervals as recommended by your doctor, on the same machine as the previous tests if at all possible for continuity.
Schedule a bone density screening in Rochester Hills or Troy Michigan.
Osteoporosis treatment is not one size fits all. The course of care will likely depend on the progress of the bone loss and your overall risk of breaking a bone in the next 10 years and may include:
For patients with low risk of fracture in the next 10 years, an increase in calcium and Vitamin D, more exercise, and a healthier lifestyle in general could lower your osteoporosis risk
such as Alendronate, Risedronate, Ibandronate, and Zoledronic acid
Monoclonal antibody medications
such as denosumab
Estrogen is typically given to younger women or those who also need treatment for early menopause symptoms while raloxifene is the preferred hormone for postmenopausal women. Men with osteoporosis are sometimes prescribed low doses of testosterone in addition to osteoporosis prescription medications
Bone building medications
Some patients are unable to use the types of osteoporosis treatment listed above due to potential complications, and instead have better success with prescriptions like Teriparatide, Abaloparatide, or Romosozumab.
Talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks of each option before choosing an osteoporosis treatment plan. Make sure to let your doctor know right away if you exhibit any side effects so that your medication can be altered.
Symptoms Of Osteoporosis
Make an appointment with your doctor right away if you notice these signs of osteoporosis, especially if you have increased osteoporosis risk factors:
Loss of height over time
Bad or stooped posture
Unexpected fractures without an obvious cause
Unexplainable back pain
Osteoporosis Risk Factors
Osteoporosis can be triggered by too much or too little of certain hormones such as: low estrogen in women or low testosterone in men, and overactive thyroid, parathyroid, or adrenal glands
People who have low calcium intake or who are low weight, especially those with eating disorders or who have undergone gastrointestinal surgery, as at a higher risk for osteoporosis
Tobacco use, heavy alcohol consumption, and sedentary lifestyles have been linked to osteoporosis development
Women over 65, men over 70, those of White or Asian ancestry, family history, and those with smaller body frames are at higher risk for developing osteoporosis. In general, women are more likely to get osteoporosis than men.
What To Expect
Though Oakland Macomb Obstetrics and Gynecology is committed to providing quality women’s health care. Though not a reproductive health issue, osteoporosis is often linked to menopause and is more common in women than men, making it a women’s health concern that we are happy to help with. We strive to empower all of our patients and we encourage you to ask the questions you need to make informed decisions about your health.
Our doctors in Troy & Rochester Hills that can help you
Make an appointment today to discuss your risk factors or schedule a bone density screening with our qualified professionals.