Osteoporosis will usually begin to show its symptoms in older age, but the disease may have been progressing for years without symptoms. Osteoporosis generally affects the bones of the spinal column, hips, and wrists. Some symptoms that you must be aware of are:
● Breaks in bones, particularly in the back, wrists, or hips.
● An exaggerated kyphotic (convex) curve is the upper back, sometimes referred to as a Dowager’s Hump
● A decrease in height
● Leg length discrepancy
● Repeated fractures, bones that break easily – in very advanced cases even a cough or sneeze can lead to a broken boneIf You Are Experiencing Symptoms, Schedule an Appointment Dr. Burke Orthopedics Immediately.
Osteoporosis is a highly treatable condition. Treatment for Osteoporosis depends on an accurate diagnosis and thorough examination in order to determine the severity of your condition which will better guide to doctor as to the proper treatments.
Treatments may be as simple nutritional advice and the use of supplements to medications. The interventions that may be considered with a diagnosis of Osteoporosis are:
● Leading a healthy lifestyle, with an adequate amount of weight-bearing exercise, proper nutrition, and Vitamin D supplements
● Medications: generally, a call of drugs called Bisphosphonates (this is the class of drug that the commonly-know medication Flomax is a part of)
● Bone-building medications
● Another class of drugs called Monoclonal Antibody Medications
● Hormone therapy