Osteoporosis is a growing public health concern with around 54 million Americans suffering from the disease — with about one in two women and one in four men over the age of 50 who are at risk of breaking a bone because of osteoporosis. At Thyroid Endocrinology and Diabetes in Dallas, Grand Prairie, and Mansfield, Texas, the team can diagnose your osteoporosis and help you manage your symptoms. If you tend to get fractures frequently, or you notice your spine is always curved, call your nearest office or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment and start treatment today.
Osteoporosis is a bone disease that causes a loss of bone mass and density. This leads to abnormal bone structure and increases your risk of fractures.
Your bones are living tissue that is routinely broken down and rebuilt with new, healthier bone material. If you have osteoporosis, your body doesn’t create enough new bone material to keep up with the natural rate of bone degeneration.
Over time, your bones become more fragile, and even small movements like bending down or sneezing can cause something to break.
Osteoporosis develops silently over time and can have no symptoms until a fracture happens. Common fractures that happen in patients with osteoporosis include fractures to the hip, wrist, and vertebrae (spinal bones). As the disease progresses, you may notice your bones tend to break more easily and with greater frequency.
In addition to easily broken bones, you may also notice symptoms like acute back pain, loss of height, and an increasingly stooped posture that can lead to permanent and painful deformities of your spine, if your condition is left untreated.
In the long term, osteoporosis and an increased rate of fractures can reduce your mobility and cause you to become isolated, particularly if you’re older. It’s important to address osteoporosis early in order to prevent it from developing into a life-altering condition.
In both men and women, there may be a link to osteoporosis and a decline in sex hormones like estrogen and testosterone that happens naturally as you age. The team at Thyroid Endocrinology and Diabetes specializes in addressing any hormonal imbalances that may be the cause of your osteoporosis to prevent further bone loss and fractures.
Your treating provider will first determine if you have a reversible cause to your osteoporosis that needs to be addressed.
Then your specialist will make recommendations as to the optimal regimen for you to decrease your fracture risk. We utilize every FDA approved medication to treat osteoporosis. We use several anabolic injections and infusions that can actually help you build stronger bones. We also utilize several therapies to minimize further bone loss.
We keep a close eye on your bone density results to ensure that your bone health is improving and make adjustments as needed.
Your provider will also make recommendations on lifestyle modifications to improve your bone health. We will discuss your diet, supplements, exercise regimen, as well as your home environment to minimize your fall risk. The Thyroid, Endocrinology, and Diabetes team has helped countless patients keep their osteoporosis at bay.
To learn more about how you can reduce your osteoporotic fracture risk, call or use the online scheduler to book your appointment at Thyroid, Endocrinology, and Diabetes today.