Treatment for Osteoporosis and Prevention Methods
Osteoporosis is a condition where your bones become brittle as you advance in age. Mild activities like bending or coughing may cause your bone to break. You may not experience any signs and symptoms until you develop a fracture. It is essential to get medical attention to avoid further bone breakage. If you are struggling with Boca Raton osteoporosis, MyDoc Women’s Health Specialists offers treatment to help patients regain bone density and avoid fractures.
Causes of osteoporosis
The density of your bone is very high during your 20’s and 30’s. Your risk of developing osteoporosis might be greater if your bone mass was low in your early years. Other factors that may increase your chances of osteoporosis include:
- Family history. You are more likely to develop osteoporosis if one of your family members has or once had this condition.
- Age. As you get older, you lose more bone density and mass than your body generates.
- Hormone. If you have excess or minimal levels of certain hormones, including estrogen and thyroid, this may increase your likelihood of developing osteoporosis.
- Gastrointestinal surgery. Reduction of the size of your small intestines lowers the absorption of nutrients in your body.
- Low calcium intake. If you do not take foods rich in calcium, you may develop weak bones. Calcium helps to strengthen bones in your body.
- Prolonged use of medicines such as cortisone and prednisone may cause osteoporosis.
- Excessive consumption of alcohol.
You can prevent yourself from developing osteoporosis by:
- Eating foods rich in vitamin D, for example, eggs, liver, salmon, fortified foods such as margarine and low-fat milk
- Engaging in physical exercise, including rope skipping
- Limiting your intake of caffeinated drinks like tea, soda, and coffee
- Avoiding smoking since it reduces your bone density
- Moderating your consumption of alcohol
- Eating a balanced diet that includes a lot of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
Diagnosis and treatment for osteoporosis
Your doctor may measure your bone density in the spine and hip using imaging tests like X-rays before offering treatment.
Using the diagnosis as a guide, your specialist may recommend:
Bisphosphonates. This includes Alendronate, Zoledronic acid, Risedronate, and Ibandronate.
Teriparatide. This is a daily medication that your doctor will administer through injection for at least two years. This drug stimulates the growth of new bone.
Romosozumab. Your doctor will administer this drug to you as an injection every month to increase your bone density and mass.
Denosumab. This treatment method involves an injection that your doctor will administer beneath your skin twice a year to slow the wearing out of your bones.
Menopausal hormone therapy. Estrogen in your body strengthens your bones. The level of estrogen drops as you age. This treatment will boost estrogen in your body.
Parathyroid hormone therapy. This treatment stimulates the formation of new bone in your body. Your doctor will administer the medicine through an injection every day for 18 months.
Your specialist may give you tips to prevent falls after treatment, including:
- Wear low shoes that fit you well
- Use a hip protector to reduce chances of getting a hip fracture
- Ensure your home is safe by installing handles in your toilet and shower and make sure all rooms are well lit.
You do not have to experience bone breakage because osteoporosis can be managed. Reserve a session with your doctor at MyDoc Women’s Health Specialists to restore your bone mass and density.