What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a medical condition that makes bones weak and brittle to the point that a fall, certain movements or coughing could cause a bone to break. Because of this, osteoporosis can also cause back pain.
SOS is experienced in helping patients care for and treat osteoporosis and related symptoms. Our team of specialists have the years of experience and specialized medical knowledge you or your loved one can depend on.
If you or a loved have have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, or are experiencing back pain and other osteoporosis symptoms, SOS can provide total orthopedic care.
To understand osteoporosis causes, it's essential to understand how bones function in the human body. On a regular basis, the body produces new bone material to replace broken down bones. As the body gets older, bones increasingly break down at a faster rate than bone material is replaced.
Because of the above natural process, there are certain factors that can make a person more likely to develop osteoporosis, resulting in extraordinarily weak and brittle bones. These osteoporosis risk factors include, but are not necessarily limited to:
- Women are more likely to develop osteoporosis
- Increased risk of developing osteoporosis as you get older
- Having family members who have osteoporosis
- Reduced estrogen or testosterone levels
- An overactive thyroid
- Overactive glands
- Low calcium diets
- Long term use of steroids
- People who live a sedentary lifestyle
- Consistently excessive alcohol consumption
- Using tobacco products
- People with certain medical conditions, such as Celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, lupus or Rheumatoid arthritis
Common osteoporosis symptoms include, but are not limited to:
- Back pain
- Gradual loss in height
- Stooped posture
- Bone fracture(s) that happen more easily than expected
Osteoporosis treatments vary depending on how severe the condition is for a specific patient. Osteoporosis treatment is based on reducing risk of bone fractures. SOS provides individualized osteoporosis treatment plans for each patient.
Common osteoporosis treatment options include, but are not necessarily limited to:
- Bisphosphonates, which is the general term for osteoporosis-specific medications
- Hormone therapy
- Physician-recommended lifestyle changes, such as avoiding tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption
Get Total Orthopedic Care and Personalized Osteoporosis Treatment at SOS
SOS provides each patient with the individualized attention they deserve. Our specialists will meet with you or your loved one, and can diagnose and help manage osteoporosis symptoms.
The SOS team includes experienced, knowledgeable and caring osteoporosis specialists near Syracuse, NY and the surrounding regions.