Osteoporosis Diagnosis and Treatment
Osteoporosis is the weakening of the bones which is usually observed in people of advanced age, as well as females of post-menopausal age. Women who have estrogen deficiency following menopause or surgical removal of the ovaries are at risk of developing osteoporosis. Men with similar decreased levels of testosterone are also at risk, although the effects are less pronounced compared to women.
Osteoporosis is a difficult condition to have, one that can have a devastating effect on a person’s quality of life. In many cases, the bones can become so brittle that seemingly innocuous activities like coughing, bending over, or exercising can result in fractures.
At Texas Injury Clinic, we use modern diagnostic machines and procedures to determine your bone mineral density. This bone density test is required to help us determine your risk of breaking bones over the next several years so that we can develop the right treatment plan for you.
What Causes Osteoporosis?
When the body begins to produce less bone mass than what breaks down naturally, a decrease in bone density happens, making the bones brittle and prone to fractures. There are several risk factors for osteoporosis development:
- Age - As mentioned, the condition is more common in elderly people.
- Sex - Women are more likely to develop osteoporosis than men.
- Race - People of Asian or White/European ancestry are predisposed to developing osteoporosis.
- Hormonal factors – People with lower sex hormone (estrogen and testosterone) levels are at risk of developing bone weakness. Overactivity of the thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal glands can also cause bone density loss.
- Hereditary factors – People whose family have a history of low bone mineral density and osteoporotic fractures are at an increased risk for osteoporosis
- Build and bone mass – People who have less bone mass when they were younger have a higher risk of developing osteoporosis.
- Nutrition factors – Malnutrition can cause osteoporosis. Low calcium intake and low dietary consumption of other minerals and vitamins can lead to the weakening of the bones.
- Eating disorders – Having an eating disorder like anorexia can make a person prone to osteoporosis because of their reduced intake of calories, protein, and calcium, which are needed for the maintenance of bone health.
- Medications – There are many medications that can interfere with the bone building process. Make sure that your doctor has made you aware of such risks before taking medicines for long-term use.
- Tobacco smoking – Regular use of tobacco is associated with decreased bone health.
Please call Texas Injury Clinic at 817-624-7222 for more information about osteoporosis diagnosis and treatment. Our service area includes Fort Worth and surrounding areas in Tarrant County, Texas.