Osteoporosis is medical condition in which the bones become brittle and fragile from loss of bone tissue. It is the leading cause of fractures in the elderly population and specially post-menopausal women. There are many other causes of osteoporosis, including testosterone deficiency in men, vitamin D deficiency, inadequate calcium intake, and lack of exercise.
We have excellent osteoporosis treatments available today that have been very effective for prevention of osteoporotic fractures. Evaluation and treatment can prevent major fractures in the future (e.g. spine and hip fractures). If you are at risk for osteoporosis, then don’t delay. Make an appointment for evaluation and treatment.
Typical evaluation requires a fracture history, a bone density test (DEXA) and if necessary blood work before starting treatment. Treatment includes adequate calcium, vitamin D and vitamin K2 intake. Based on the degree of osteopenia or osteoporosis, then your doctor and you may choose between the different anti-resorptive and anabolic osteoporosis medications available in order to prevent painful future osteoporotic fractures.
In case of severe osteoporosis, anabolic or bone-building drugs such as Forteo & Tymlos are usually a better choice to reduce the future fracture risk. In case of less severe osteoporosis, anti-resorptive drugs such as Prolia, Reclast, Fosamax, Actonel, and Boniva may be adequate. Do not forget to discuss the pros and cons of the different treatments.