Osteoporosis is a disease that thins and weakens bones to the point where they may easily break. In the United States, osteoporosis affects more than 28 million people. The consequence of osteoporosis is an increased risk of fracture. Approximately 1.5 million Americans suffer a fracture yearly as a result of osteoporosis. Hip fractures from osteoporosis is the second leading reason American enter a nursing home, in fact 80 percent of all people who suffer a hip fractures go to a nursing home.
Osteoporosis is generally considered a silent disease. So you may have osteoporosis and not experience any symptoms. Early detection is the key to effectively treating this disease. Treatment does not cure osteoporosis, it but can slow down the loss of bone and rebuild some bone.
The staff at Azalea Orthopedics and Texas Spine & Joint Hospital is ready to help you with the proper diagnosis and treatment of this serious disease. Osteoporosis is diagnosed by a simple x-ray called a bone DEXA. Treatment options include life style changes, oral medications, and once yearly IV therapy. Please contact our Osteoporosis Clinic with any questions you may have regarding the diagnosis and treatment of this debilitating disease.
These simple steps will give you the assurance and the confidence that you are doing everything possible to maintain an independent lifestyle. Let us help.