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What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a medical condition characterized by weakened bones that become fragile and prone to fractures. This happens because the density and quality of the bone are reduced, making it porous and brittle.
Normally, bone tissue is constantly being broken down and rebuilt; however, in osteoporosis, the creation of new bone doesn’t keep up with the removal of old bone. This imbalance results in bones losing their density and strength, and becoming weaker. Osteoporosis can affect anyone but is most common in older women.
The condition can lead to debilitating fractures, most commonly in the spine, hips, and wrists. Early detection and treatment are crucial for managing symptoms and preventing bone fractures.
What are 5 Symptoms of Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is often called a “silent disease” because it can progress without any noticeable symptoms until a fracture occurs. However, there are some signs that may indicate weakened bones. These include:
- Back Pain: Caused by a fractured or collapsed vertebra
- Height Loss: A decrease in height over time due to compression fractures in the spine
- Stooped Posture: A hunched-over appearance often resulting from vertebrae fractures
- Bone Fractures: Occurring more easily than expected, sometimes from minor incidents like a light fall
- Limited Mobility: Difficulty moving or performing daily activities without discomfort or pain, especially as the condition progresses
If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s essential to consult a healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment.
What are the 3 Main Causes of Osteoporosis?
The three main causes of osteoporosis include:
- Hormonal Imbalance: Lower levels of estrogen in women after menopause and reduced levels of testosterone in men can affect the body’s ability to produce new bone, making it one of the most common causes of osteoporosis
- Nutritional Deficiencies: Lack of essential nutrients, especially calcium and vitamin D, can contribute to weakened bones. These nutrients are vital for bone health, and their deficiency can accelerate bone loss
- Lifestyle Factors: Lack of physical activity, especially weight-bearing exercises, as well as smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, can increase the risk of developing osteoporosis
How Do You Treat Osteoporosis?
Managing osteoporosis involves a multi-faceted approach aimed at strengthening bones, preventing fractures, and improving overall health. Here are some commonly recommended treatment options:
- Medication: Various medications, such as bisphosphonates, can help strengthen bones by regulating bone formation and resorption. Hormone replacement therapy may also be considered in some cases
- Supplementation: Adequate intake of calcium and vitamin D is essential for bone health. Supplements can be taken if dietary intake is insufficient
- Weight-Bearing Exercise: Engaging in weight-bearing activities like walking, jogging, or lifting weights can help increase bone density and strength
- Lifestyle Modifications: Quitting smoking and reducing alcohol consumption can positively impact bone health
- Fall Prevention: Taking steps to make your living environment safer can help prevent the fractures that often accompany osteoporosis, such as installing handrails and improving lighting
For more information, give us a call or schedule an appointment online. Our orthopedic clinic has multiple locations. We serve patients in Knoxville, TN, Oak Ridge, TN, Lenoir City, TN, and Sevierville, TN.
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