Osteoporosis- What You Need to Know
Osteoporosis is a dangerous disease. It can be very hard to discover because it is considered by many physicians to be a “silent disease.” This is because it has no true symptoms and commonly isn’t discovered until a bone is broken. Osteoporosis is a disease that causes your bones to become brittle. They can become so weak that a fracture can be caused by something as mild as a fall or even just bending over.
The doctors at Trinity Orthopedics believe that patient education is key to the treatment process. We want you to know everything you can about your body so that you are always prepared and can actively participate in the development of your plan. That is why we want you to know everything you need to know about osteoporosis. If you believe that you might have this silent disease, call us as soon as possible.
How common is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a fairly common disease. Ten million people in America already have this disease, and there could be even more who don’t even know they have it yet. The only way to know for sure is to be tested. Our doctors can check your bone density to see if you have it. This will allow you to begin taking steps to prevent its onset. There are a number of different things you can do to maintain your bone density, from exercises to adjusting your diet. Both of these are very important, and they will help you live a longer life with healthier bones.
Am I at Risk for Osteoporosis?
Anyone can be at risk for osteoporosis, but there are many reasons why you might have a higher chance of developing this disease or at least discovering it earlier:
- Age – Older people tend it have it more often.
- Female – It has been found that osteoporosis is more common in women than in men.
- Lifestyle – Poor nutrition and a lack of exercise can also make you more likely to develop the disease.
- Medicines – Certain medicines can cause osteoporosis. Be sure to let your doctor know of any medication you are on just in case it is one of them.
There are more reasons that you might be at risk, but the truth is that you will not know for sure until you either have a bone density test administered or fracture a bone. Fracturing a bone and then discovering the disease means that you will have a harder time healing.
What Exercises are Best for Osteoporosis?
There are two main categories of exercise that are great for staving off this disease:
- Weight bearing exercises – These make you work against gravity as your bones support the weight of your body. There are many different kinds of weight bearing exercises, such as dancing, jogging, aerobics, and hiking.
- Muscle strengthening exercises – These will have you move your body or a resistance of some sort against gravity. They range from lifting weights to using exercise bands.
What Can I Do If I have Osteoporosis?
If you have osteoporosis, there is no cure. However, you can still treat it. Following a good diet and exercise routine are two ways to prepare your body. It is very important that you have a high intake of vitamin D and calcium as well. You can also take medicine to help your body work against the disease. Remember, we care about all of our patients, and we want them to be able to live the life they want. Call or contact us with any concerns you might have. We can help you.