Osteoporosis is a bone disease most common in women who have passed menopause. It is a disease where the body, which is in a constant state of bone production, produces too little bone thus causing the bones to become brittle. The most concerning problem of osteoporosis is the significantly increased risk of deteriorating and fractured bones. Without treatment, the bones can deteriorate to the point of chronic pain in the back and hips and the wrists become more prone to fracture.
CAUSES OF OSTEOPOROSIS
There are many causes of osteoporosis including:
- Hormone Changes through Menopause
- Thyroid & Other Gland Disorders
- Autoimmune Disorders
- Digestion or Gastrointestinal Disorders
- Cancer & Blood Disorders
- Medical Procedures & Medications
- Diet & Sedentary Lifestyle
While this is not a comprehensive list of causes or contributing factors, we know that these conditions impede the ability of the body to produce enough bone to keep them strong and healthy.
Osteoporosis is a “silent disease” that can progress without one knowing about it. In the early stages, there is no pain or symptomology. However, as the disease advances, the following symptoms may be experienced:
- Back pain
- Stooped Posture
- Loss of Height
- Easily Fractured Bone
Deteriorating vertebra in the spine can be physically debilitating over time and brittle bones can be easily fractured. Brittle bones and chronic pain are serious matters that can be avoided.
TIME & TREATMENT
Women who are in their early stages of menopause should talk to Dr. Ward about their risks of osteoporosis. Treatments may be as simple as a change in diet or the administration of appropriate medication. Hormone therapy (HRT), specifically with the replacement of estrogen, can help maintain bone density. However, there are some risks to HRT, which can be discussed with Dr. Ward.
If you feel that you are at risk of osteoporosis or are experiencing some of these symptoms, talk to Dr. Ward. He will be able to analyze the density and overall condition of your bones and if necessary, provide a suitable treatment plan to meet your individual bone density make-up.