Osteoporosis is a bone disease resulting in weakened, brittle, fragile and porous bone due to loss of bone density or decreased bone production. This can occur with age, hormonal changes, or nutritional deficiencies (phosphate, calcium and/or Vitamin D). Risk factors include postmenopausal women, family history of the disease, low body weight, poor diet, inactive lifestyle, and substance abuse.
Osteoporosis itself is typically asymptomatic until it leads to a broken bone, loss of height, and/or rounded spinal curvature. The weakened bone structure from osteoporosis often causes bones to break with little force, often referred to as fragility fractures. These fractures can take place in almost any bone in the body, but most commonly occur in the hip, shoulder, wrist, and spine (compression fractures). When osteoporosis is left untreated following a fragility fracture or injury, it often results in additional broken bones from relatively low-impact injuries. These fractures or broken bones can cause long-term disability, chronic pain, and loss of independence. Treatment options for osteoporosis and osteoporosis-associated injuries include physical therapy, low impact exercise, medication, dietary supplements, and lifestyle changes.
Orthopaedic Associates acknowledges the importance of early diagnosis of osteoporosis in order to initiate treatment and prevent fragility fractures. If you have broken a bone with little or no trauma, we encourage you to come see us to evaluate you for this condition. If osteoporosis is present, prompt intervention, osteoporotic care, and preventative treatment can be discussed and tailored to you. Our specialist provides individualized and comprehensive post-fracture care in order to care for patients who have experienced an osteoporotic fracture. We personalize your care with a thorough history, evaluation of risk factors, laboratory testing, bone density tests (DEXA scans), and imaging if indicated.
Our bone health provider develops an individualized and comprehensive treatment plan for your osteoporosis and osteoporosis-related conditions. Along with some lifestyle changes, newly developed medications can actually reverse the bone loss and add strength to your skeleton. Our goal is to help you maintain a healthy, active lifestyle and prevent injuries associated with osteoporosis.
For urgent injuries that need immediate assistance, we offer same day or next day appointments. For all other appointments, you will receive a callback within 2 business days.