Osteoporosis Treatment in Homewood, AL
The weakening of bones known as osteoporosis is a frightening prospect. Many face osteoporosis as they age, and with it see an increased risk of fractures and a decrease in strength. If you're aging, feeling weaker or think you may have osteoporosis you should get help immediately. To set up a bone health consultation, please call (334) 781-7319 or contact Dr. Ryan McWhorter online.
What Causes Osteoporosis?
There are many causes of osteoporosis, including those that are genetic and others that are a result of a particular lifestyle. Generally, all people suffer from bone loss. When you are young (under 30), your bones automatically replenish and regenerate from this loss, especially if you're active. As we age, however, our natural bone restoration weakens and ultimately ceases. This cessation causes osteoporosis.
Before making an osteoporosis diagnosis, your doctor will inquire about some aspects of your life, including:
- Activity level: A lack of regular exercise can contribute to bone loss.
- Alcohol: Excessive drinking inhibits your body's ability to create calcium, a substance that strengthens bones.
- Gender: Women are far more likely to suffer from bone loss, but osteoporosis in men does exist.
- Family history: If your immediately family members have suffered from osteoporosis, it's likely you will as well.
- Medical history: Some steroidal medications and surgeries weaken bones.
Osteoporosis can also be caused by hormonal imbalance. This is especially true of women going through menopause, and men going through andropause. Low estrogen and low testosterone, respectively, have been shown to lead to weakened bones.
Signs of Osteoporosis
Most people who are starting to undergo osteoporosis see no signs or symptoms. It's only later when the condition has become more severe, that dangerous symptoms start to emerge.
- Back pain
- Arched posture
- Sudden, unexplained fracture
- Height loss
- Reduced strength
A patient suffering from osteoporosis can see one or all of these signs. These signs are especially notable when they occur in a person over the age of 60, a woman going through menopause or someone with a family history of osteoporosis. If you fit into any of those categories and are seeing symptoms of osteoporosis emerge, please call (334) 781-7319 or contact Dr. Ryan McWhorter online.
Just as there are numerous causes of bone loss, there are a number of viable osteoporosis treatments. Your doctor will likely recommend a number of lifestyle changes that will reduce your risk of osteoporosis or slow bone loss. These include:
- Smoking and alcohol cessation
- Diet changes
Along with these changes, vitamins, medications and supplements are common osteoporosis treatments. These include:
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin B
- Bisphosphonate pills (such as Alendronate, Risedronate, Ibandronate and Zoledronic acid)
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, particularly when natural hormones such as estrogen and testosterone are used, has proven effective in treating osteoporosis in both men and women.
Have Healthier Bones
Dealing with osteoporosis is one of life's great challenges. If you're aging, frightened about bone loss or trying to avoid the disease entirely, please call (334) 781-7319 or contact Dr. Ryan McWhorter online.
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