Osteoporisis

Osteoporisis Treatment Brighton MI

What is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone density and deterioration of the structure of the bone tissue leading to enhanced bone fragility and an increased risk for fractures (breaks).

What happens when I get osteoporosis?

You are at a significantly higher risk for fracture of your bones including your hip, vertebrae and wrist. In fact your risk of a hip fracture is greater than your chances of contracting breast, ovarian and uterine cancer combined.

Who is at risk for osteoporosis?

  • History of a fracture only as an adult
  • Family history of adult fractures especially if it was your mother
  • Being a Caucasian
  • Being a Female
  • Oral steroids (over 7.5 mg/ day)
  • Anti-seizure medications ( Dilantin)
  • High doses of thyroid medications given over along period of time.

How do you diagnose osteoporosis?

The BEST way to diagnose osteoporosis is to have a bone density scan (DEXA) performed by a physician certified in bone mineral density testing. If you have any of the risk factors, you should have a baseline scan done. A scan can be repeated every two years to access your risk. This scan is entirely painless (similar to getting an x-ray).

What are my modifiable risk factors for osteoporosis?

  • Quit Smoking
  • Intake more Calcium (1,200-1,500 mg of calcium carbonate per day)
  • Intake more vitamin D (800 I.U.)
  • Reduce your use of alcohol
  • Increase your weight loading exercises such as walking, light weight lifting, or aerobics
  • Reduce your chances at a fall at home and work by following basic fall preventions
  • Menopause before age 45
  • Bilateral ovariectomy (a hysterectomy where both ovaries were taken)
  • Pre-menopausal amenorrhea over 1 year (your periods stop)

If you are estrogen deficient, you should talk to your doctor about estrogen replacement therapy.

How can I reduce my risk of fractures if I already have osteoporosis?

This is a great question. Please see our Reducing your Fracture Risk page for more information.

Where can I get more information?

Visit the National Osteoporosis Foundation web site (nof.org), or call us at (321) 123-5555 to schedule an appointment for a personal consultation.

Please complete our osteoporosis history form. We request our new patients to fill out this form prior to obtaining a bone density scan.

Why Make An Appointment With Us

Our practice is called Advanced Orthopedic Specialists for a reason. A Specialist in orthopedics implies that the physician has had fellowship training. Orthopedic surgeons attend 4 years of undergraduate college, 4 years of medical school and 5 years of residency training in general orthopedic surgery. Fellowship training is an additional year of training to specialize in a specific field of orthopedics. All of the doctors at AOS are fellowship trained, offering patients the best educated physicians to help address their problem.
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