Once you reach 35 years of age, your bones will naturally begin to lose density. Bone mass will decrease more rapidly in women who are undergoing menopause; though men and women alike will experience a gradual loss of bone density as they age. Osteoporosis, however, weakens bones more rapidly, increasing susceptibility to bone fracture and breakage. The disorder will lead to an abnormally porous bone; one that can be easily compressed, and is far more vulnerable to cracking, collapsing, and breakage. This degenerative bone disorder typically affects those with genetic predisposition, those who are deficient in Vitamin D and calcium, and those with a history of arthritis (or other related disorders). In many cases, osteoporosis will remain undetected until a bone fracture occurs. Once it is detected, however, treatment must be sought in order for further bone damage to be prevented.
Symptoms of Osteoporosis
In many cases, osteoporosis remains asymptomatic until a bone is actually fractured or broken. Those with a family history of osteoporosis (especially women) should not wait until symptoms occur before getting screened. Catching this specific disorder in the very early stages may prevent complications down the road. There are generally no symptoms at all in the very early stages of bone loss; however, as the disease progresses, a host of signs and symptoms may occur. Symptoms of osteoporosis include:
- Easily broken or fractured bones
- Stooped posture (often resulting in decreased height)
- Back pain (typically caused by a fractured vertebrae)
You are at an increased risk of osteoporosis if one or both of your parents experienced hip fractures later on in life, if you went through menopause early, or if you were prescribed corticosteroids for more than several consecutive months.
Treatment for Osteoporosis
Bone loss can be effectively prevented, in many cases, with simple changes to diet and lifestyle. A healthy diet and increased exercise (especially weight bearing activities) have been known to strengthen weak bones and prevent further bone loss. Dietary supplements can also help to improve bone density over time. In severe cases of osteoporosis, specialized medications may prove useful. It is important that you see a specialist at the first signs of osteoporosis, seeing as this specific condition is progressive if not adequately diagnosed and treated.
How Comprehensive Pain of the Palm Beaches Heals Osteoporosis
While the condition itself cannot be cured, pain related to osteoporosis can be entirely eliminated with the right treatment. We at Comprehensive Pain of the Palm Beaches have ample experience treating those with osteoporosis of varying degrees, and have successfully treated related pain ranging from mild to extremely severe. Our dedicated and compassionate staff members work to heal pain related to osteoporosis, so that you can return to your day-to-day life as quickly as possible.
If you are suffering from osteoporosis we can help. Call (561) 434-7577 and let the caring staff at Comprehensive Pain of the Palm Beaches get you on the path to healing.