Lone Star Orthopaedic and Spine Specialists has an osteoporosis clinic in Burleson, Texas, devoted to caring for patients with bone disease. If you suffer from bone density loss or you are at risk for developing osteoporosis, we encourage you to learn more about this condition and schedule a consultation with a specialist.
Osteoporosis is the most common bone disease. It causes a loss of bone density over time, which increases the risk of bone fractures. Falls can be especially risky. Osteoporosis affects mostly women and some men.
What Causes Osteoporosis?
Several risk factors can increase the chance of developing osteoporosis. For example, a family history of fractures can be a red flag, especially if you are going through menopause and have other risk factors. If you have these risk factors, contact our osteoporosis clinic to learn more about your risk.
Risk Factors for Osteoporosis
- Family history of fractures
- Aging (reduced bone production)
- Menopause (reduced estrogen levels)
- Poor nutrition (low calcium)
- Alcohol abuse
- Lack of regular exercise
- Certain medications, like steroids and anticonvulsants
- Certain illnesses, like thyroid disease or bone cancer
Women over the age of 65 should have a bone mineral density (BMD) test to check for osteoporosis. BMD testing is also recommended for post-menopausal women with a history of fractures and women younger than 65 with other risk factors.
Osteoporosis Symptoms & Treatment
Bone fractures in the spine, wrists, or hips are usually the first indication of osteoporosis. As the bone disease progresses, you may notice tenderness or pain in your neck or lower back. Osteoporosis can affect your posture causing loss of height.
The pain from Osteoporosis can be relieved with treatment, which can help prevent falls – the primary cause of fractures. Supplements, such as calcium and vitamin D, may be recommended along with other lifestyle adjustments to slow bone loss. For some patients, medications can be an effective way to reduce the risk of fractures and prevent bone loss.
Without treatment, osteoporosis-related fractures can lead to disability. Many older adults with osteoporosis eventually need assistance getting around due to weakened, fragile bones. To prevent this from happening, it is important to know your risk for osteoporosis and understand how your lifestyle may have an impact.
Schedule a Visit
The osteoporosis clinic at Lone Star Orthopaedic in Burleson is dedicated to serving anyone in the community with osteoporosis or at risk for osteoporosis. Call (817) 926-2663 for more details or request an appointment online to speak to one of our specialists.
Visit our patient education library to read more about osteoporosis.
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