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Osteoporosis TreatmentManalapan Township, NJ

Osteoporosis treatment can help to manage and reverse the symptoms of this disease. Osteoporosis leads to the deterioration of a person's bones, making them brittle and weak. People with this condition are prone to fractures around the spine, wrist or hips.

Your bones are not inanimate objects. Bones are living tissues, and they are constantly being broken down and rebuilt like any other tissue in the body.

Osteoporosis begins new bone tissue is not being created as quickly as old bone tissue is being broken down by the body. This disease can affect anyone, but Asian and Caucasian women who are past menopause are more likely to develop it.

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Causes of osteoporosis

The rate a person's bones are renewed is typically affected by their age. Generally speaking, bone mass deteriorates faster than it is restored as a person ages.

The odds of you developing osteoporosis also depends on how much bone tissue you built up while you were young. The higher your bone density is, the less likely you will have to deal with osteoporosis as you age.

Other factors like age, race, gender, genetics, overall health and medical treatments can increase a person's odds of developing osteoporosis.

The condition can also be caused by issues like:

  • Hormone levels — This often leads to weakened bones
  • Thyroid issues — An overactive or underactive thyroid often leads to weaker bones. Hormone treatments used to combat thyroid can also increase a person's risk
  • Overactive glands
  • Not getting enough calcium in your diet
  • Eating disorders
  • Steroids
  • Gastrointestinal surgery
  • Poor lifestyle choices can also increase your risk of getting osteoporosis.

    These include:

  • Not getting enough exercise
  • Eating an unhealthy diet that lacks nutrients
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • Tobacco use
  • When do you need osteoporosis treatment?

    Most people do not show any symptoms during the early stages of osteoporosis. The signs of this condition typically show up after the disease has already weakened your bones.

    If you find your posture has worsened or that you have become shorter in height, then you may have osteoporosis. Also, increase back pain and bone fractures can be signs that you need to see a doctor for osteoporosis treatment.

    What to expect when getting osteoporosis treatment

    Osteoporosis treatment is often based on how likely you are to break a bone in the next ten years. A bone density test is used to make this assessment. The doctor can measure your bone density with imaging tests like X-rays.

    Medication like bisphosphonates can be used to deal with osteoporosis. Medication that your doctor may prescribe include:

  • Zoledronic acid
  • Alendronate
  • Ibandronate
  • Risedronate
  • Menopause plays a role in osteoporosis. Hormone therapy can be an effective way to combat menopause’s effect on your bones. Estrogen, in particular, can help in this regard. For men, testosterone replacement therapy can help to improve bone density.

    Do not wait until something breaks

    Osteoporosis should never be ignored as it can lead to serious injuries like broken bones.

    Fortunately, there are several ways the disease can be addressed. At Freeman Orthopedic and Sports Medicine, we can help you relive your back pain and improve your bone density. Visit us at our Manalapan Township office today.

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    Freeman Orthopedic and Sports Medicine is located at
    348 U.S. 9 N Ste E
    Manalapan Township, NJ
    07726

    (732) 504-6917