What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a degenerative disease that causes the bones to thin and become brittle. Without proper treatment, the bones can become brittle and break easily.

There are many different factors that cause osteoporosis. Some of these include:

  • Menopause
  • Certain medical conditions
  • Medications
  • Hormones
  • Unbalanced diet

Since it may not be known what causes osteoporosis for every person, it is important to look out for symptoms of the condition and consult with your doctor. Many who develop osteoporosis may not even know they have the disease because symptoms often remain hidden. Some of the symptoms of osteoporosis are:

  • Back pain
  • Loss of height
  • Bone fractures
  • Bone loss (seen through dental x-rays)

If you notice any of these symptoms, be sure to visit a doctor as soon as possible. A bone density test is the most effective way to find out if you have osteoporosis or are at risk of developing it. This test is recommended to most women over the age of fifty-five. If the results of your blood density score indicate that you have low bone density or osteoporosis, then it is important to schedule a medical evaluation in order to determine what can be done in regards to treatment. For most people, osteoporosis can be prevented or treated. A well-balanced diet, a regular exercise regimen and vitamin supplements are all great ways to prevent further damage from Osteoporosis from occurring. Your doctor will also probably recommend you to take a particular medication in order to prevent it from further affecting your bone density levels. Keep in mind that one of the main keys to treating or preventing this bone condition is determining what causes each individual case of osteoporosis.  If you’re worried you may have osteoporosis, consult the geriatric specialists at PrimeMedical today!

PrimeMedical continues to accept new patients, most insurances and Medicare. Call our office today to schedule your comprehensive bone density exam at 310.548.0201!

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