Osteoporosis – which is defined as the loss of bone mass over time – is a common condition with serious repercussions.. In the United States, osteoporosis affects approximately one out of every five women over the age of 50 and nearly half of the women in that age group are expected to fracture a bone in the hip, wrist or spine.
If you have osteoporosis, you may experience some of the following symptoms. However, by the time these symptoms are noticed, the condition has typically already advanced to moderate severity:
- Aching bones
- Fractures resulting from little or no trauma
- Loss of height
- Crouched posture
- Pain in the neck or lower back
Since prevention is one of the most effective treatments against osteoporosis we believe that patient education is crucial and that you must understand how to stay healthy. An important first-step in warding off osteoporosis is to include foods in your diet that are high in calcium and vitamin D, including many dairy products, leafy greens and nuts. You should also try to exercise regularly, especially focusing on strength-training workouts that force your bones to strengthen along with the muscles. And finally, avoid smoking and keep alcohol intake to a minimum. Simply put, we believe the underlying rule for osteoporosis prevention is “basic CDE’s” — calcium(C), vitamin D (D), weight-bearing exercise(E).
If you experience any of the symptoms of osteoporosis, you should schedule an appointment at our office at 215-465-3500 or 856-435-9090. If appropriate, we will order a test called a dual X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan, which uses two x-ray beams of differing intensities to measure bone density and help determine your fracture risk.
If your bone mass density turns out to be low and your fracture risk high, medication therapy is usually the treatment of choice. There are many things to consider when choosing the right osteoporosis medicine including your age, the severity of your osteoporosis, and your personal preference concerning dosing options and method of administration. We will gladly discuss medication choices during your appointment and help you make an informed, educated decision.
Alternatively, we offer an additional option for the effective prevention and management of osteoporosis: Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT). Dr. Dittrich specializes in BHRT and is certified in Bioidentical Pellet Insertion, where a grain-sized pellet is placed painlessly under the skin of the hip and releases bioidentical hormones 24/7.