Around 10 million Americans over 50 have osteoporosis. This puts them at increased risk of suffering fractures and chronic joint pain. To protect your bone health, the orthopaedic specialists at Utah Orthopaedics offer comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for osteoporosis at their on-site Bone Health Clinic. The providers use advanced technologies to test your bone density. They tailor treatment plans to your unique health needs to repair fractures and prevent further bone damage. Call the Ogden, Utah, orthopaedic office today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about the available treatments for osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a chronic disease that weakens your bones. It causes your bones to become brittle and susceptible to repeated fractures and painful bone deformities.
While anyone can develop osteoporosis, the condition is most commonly seen in older women, especially in the post-menopausal years, due to the loss of the hormone estrogen.
Other risk factors for osteoporosis include:
You might also be prone to osteoporosis due to dietary deficiencies and lifestyle choices. If you’re not eating a healthy diet that provides your body with calcium and vitamin D, if you smoke or don’t exercise regularly, your risk of developing osteoporosis increases.
You can have osteoporosis and never know it. The disease often shows no symptoms.
People usually find out that they have osteoporosis when they seek treatment for fractures or chronic back pain that results from collapsed vertebrae in the spine. You might also notice that your posture is changing and appears stooped. Another common sign of osteoporosis is a loss of height over time.
If you suffer repeated fractures or unexplained chronic back pain or joint pain, the Utah Orthopaedics team will take X-rays and do a bone density test in their Bone Health Clinic.
These tests identify osteoporosis and allow the physicians to assess the extent of bone damage you’ve suffered from the disease.
Treating your osteoporosis will depend on how severe it is. In the early stages of osteoporosis, medications can often increase your bone density to prevent additional fractures. Physical therapy can strengthen your bones and the muscles that support them.
Some women also benefit from hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to replenish their estrogen levels that support bone health.
Other osteoporosis treatments include:
If you have existing fractures or bone deformities because of advanced osteoporosis, you might need surgery. The Utah Orthopaedics surgical team offers minimally invasive surgeries to repair or remove damaged bone tissue.
When the affected bones are part of a joint, joint replacement surgery can replace the damaged joint with an artificial device that works like your natural joint.
The orthopaedic specialists also work closely with you on lifestyle and dietary changes you can make to preserve your bone health.
They’ll provide resources to help you quit smoking. They can help you make dietary changes to ensure that you get enough calcium and vitamin D and draw up an exercise plan that focuses on improving your bone health.
You’ll need to schedule routine bone density tests at the Bone Health Clinic to ensure that your osteoporosis treatment is working.
Call the Bone Health Clinic at Utah Orthopaedics today or go online to schedule a bone density test for osteoporosis.