Osteoporosis is a “silent” disease, meaning most patients are unaware they have it, even though over 44 million Americans are affected by it. In many cases, the disease is not detected until a fracture occurs. The disease is defined and diagnosed by decrease in bone density that results in an increased risk of fractures. A telling sign of the disease is slight loss of height and a hunched back.
Symptoms of osteoporosis include:
- Back pain
- Height loss over the years
- Stooped, rounded back
- Bone fractures that occur very easily
Be aware that often patients are unaware that they are affected with osteoporosis until they experience fractures, as they often don’t have pain of any other symptoms.
Osteoporosis is usually diagnosed with a bone density test, which is quick, simple and accurate. It works by measuring the bone density of the spine, hip, and wrist, which are the areas most likely to be affected by osteoporosis.
Lost bone cannot be replaced, but treatment for osteoporosis focuses on the prevention of further bone loss. Exercise and nutrition therapy are key components in treatment, but there are other techniques, as well.
Estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) is often used for women at higher risk to develop osteoporosis. These hormones can prevent heart disease, improve urinary function, and increase cognitive functioning. ERT has some risks, including enhanced risk of breast cancer, but the risks and benefits of ERT will be determined by your doctor.
It's time you finally received treatment for Osteoporosis. Don't suffer for another day, West Medical is here to help. For more information about osteoporosis treatment in Los Angeles, please call West Medical at (855) 690-0565.
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