What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a disease that decreases bone density and the overall quality of the bone. This disease most often affects the hip, spine, and wrist bones causing them to easily break. You have a greater risk of developing osteoporosis if you:
- Are a female of Caucasian or Asian descent
- Have a family history of the disease
- Are small and thin
- Are getting older
- Have low bone density
- Are taking certain medications
How do I know if I have osteoporosis?
Known as a silent disease, the first sign of osteoporosis is often a bone fracture or break. If your medical provider suspects osteoporosis, they’ll perform a physical exam, examine your health history and run a series of bone mass density tests.
Can osteoporosis be prevented?
You can take a number of steps to reduce your risk or prevent osteoporosis altogether, including eating a healthy diet with plenty of protein and calcium. Vitamin D intake is also essential, along with regular exercise and avoiding smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke.
How is osteoporosis treated?
Osteoporosis is prevented and treated with certain medications and lifestyle changes that include incorporating a better diet and exercise and taking steps to avoid falls. You can read a complete list of medications used to treat osteoporosis here.
You can live a healthy, happy life with osteoporosis with proper treatment and personal care. If you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis by an orthopedic specialist but would like to manage your treatment closer to home, EliteCare can help. We’re conveniently open seven days a week so you can visit us at your best time. Dial 662-348-3342 to request your appointment today!