Generally speaking, the older you get, the greater your chance of getting osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is the most common bone disease. In the United States, approximately 14 million people ages 50 and over have this condition.
Osteoporosis affects people of all genders, races, ethnicities and ages. However, the disease is more common in women, and your risk increases as you get older. While the loss of bone mass is an expected part of aging, having osteoporosis is abnormal and requires special treatment.
At Desert Institute for Spine Care (DISC) in Arizona, we offer outstanding and compassionate care that benefits osteoporosis patients in many ways. Our doctors are leaders in minimally invasive spinal care and can provide a range of options to help you improve your bone health.
Osteoporosis is a condition that decreases a patient’s bone mass and quality. It results in a loss of bone strength that increases your risk of fractures and broken bones. Osteoporosis can make bones so weak and brittle that even mild stressors like bending over can lead to a fracture.
Osteoporosis-related fractures can occur in any bone, but they typically happen in the wrist, hip or spine. Osteoporosis is also one of the leading causes of fractures in postmenopausal women and older men.
Your bones are living tissues that undergo constant renewal, creating new material while old bone breaks down. Up until approximately age 30, most people build more bone than they lose. After age 35, breakdown tends to occur faster than buildup, resulting in a gradual loss of bone mass. When you have osteoporosis, you lose bone mass at a faster than average rate.
Generally speaking, the older you get, the greater your chance of getting osteoporosis.
Women are more likely to develop osteoporosis than men, especially after menopause.
People with small body frames tend to be at greater risk of osteoporosis because they have lower bone mass.
Having a parent with osteoporosis may increase your risk of getting the disease.
Low calcium intake can contribute to osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is known as a “silent” disease because there are typically no symptoms in the early stages. Once osteoporosis has weakened your bones, you may experience:
At DISC, we offer a range of minimally invasive options for treating osteoporosis in Arizona. We base our treatment plan on your unique needs, and we may perform a bone density test using X-rays to determine your risk of fracturing a bone. Our board-certified physicians treat osteoporosis patients at five conveniently located facilities, so you have access to various options.
Our goal is to stop or slow bone loss and prevent fractures. A significant advantage of our practice is that we recommend the least invasive treatments based on your needs. To accomplish this objective, we may suggest non-surgical options like:
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is also an important part of treatment. We recommend eating a well-balanced, calcium-rich diet and exercising regularly to help improve your bone health.
Depending on your condition, we may recommend that you see an osteoporosis specialist — such as a rheumatologist — who has extensive training and expertise in providing osteoporosis care.
Our osteoporosis specialists will help you find the best solution for your condition and treatment preferences. If you eventually need surgery, you can trust the expertise of our skilled surgeons, who all graduated within the top 1% from their universities and medical schools. We’ll carefully evaluate your condition to determine which surgical options will give you the best results with the quickest recovery.
Another benefit of choosing our services is that we will help you fully understand your options so you know what to expect from the process.
If you’re looking for a doctor who treats osteoporosis in Arizona, contact DISC today. We’re here to help you manage your osteoporosis so you can continue to lead an active lifestyle. We’ll develop a personalized treatment plan to increase your strength, reduce your pain and get you back to doing what you love.Schedule an Appointment
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