What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a disease that makes your bones weak, which means that they are also more likely to break. The bones can become so brittle that something as mild as a slip or fall can lead to broken hips, wrists, or spines. At Trinity Orthopedics, our providers believe that patient education is one of the most important tools to leading healthy, active lives. Anyone can develop osteoporosis, but it is typically more common in older patients, especially older women.
Many people do not know that they are suffering from this disease until they break a bone. Our specialists encourage everyone to live healthy lives with balanced nutrition in order to prevent the development of osteoporosis. Remember, you can always come to Trinity Orthopedics with questions or concerns.
What Causes Osteoporosis?
Bone is living tissue that regenerates as we grow. People tend to reach their peak bone mass in their early 20s. From then on, the regeneration process slows, and people tend to begin losing bone mass because they can’t regain it quickly enough. Some of the most common causes of this bone disease include:
- Being small and thin
- A family history of the disease
- Certain medications
- Being a white or Asian woman
- Low bone density
As you can see, many of the causes of osteoporosis are not things that can be controlled. We all age, and our genetics are beyond our control. Our providers tend to consider this to be a silent disease because it’s hard to know that you suffer from it until you break something. The best way to check is to have one of our doctors give you a bone mineral test. This will tell you whether you are suffering from any sort of bone loss.
Symptoms of Osteoporosis
Most of the time, osteoporosis has no early symptoms. Once the bones have weakened, you may develop some signs and symptoms that will let you know you have the disease. These signs include:
- Loss of height or “shrinking”
- Poor, stooped posture
- Back pain, usually caused by fractures in the vertebrae
- Easily broken bones
If you have any concerns that you might suffer from this condition, it’s important that you see a doctor as soon as possible. Our doctors will work with you to develop a strategy that will help you to maintain your bone mass. As mentioned above, the only real way to know that you have this disease is to take a bone mineral test.
Treatment for Osteoporosis
Once you know that you have osteoporosis, our doctors will help you develop a treatment plan to keep your bones as healthy as possible. At Trinity Orthopedics, we offer a wide variety of different treatments. From medications to diet and exercise plans, our doctors and physical therapists will work with you every step of the way to ensure that you are on the path to living a healthy and active life.
How to Prevent Osteoporosis
Preventing osteoporosis is as easy as living a healthy life. The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends these steps for prevention:
- Regular muscle-strengthening and weight exercises
- Decreased intake of tobacco and alcohol
- Daily calcium and vitamin D
- Taking prescribed medication as needed
- Bone density tests
Following these steps and beginning to live healthy as early as possible is the best method for preventing osteoporosis.
Are you hurt? We can help. If you have any questions or concerns, our doctors and physical therapists are always ready to meet with you for a consultation. Call or contact us immediately if you believe that you have osteoporosis.