Living with osteoporosis can be scary. Fortunately, our Metrowest and St. Vincent physicians offers effective ways to detect the problem and provide treatment. We can help you take action to prevent or slow down bone loss. Since osteoporosis can be a silent disease, it’s important to visit us for a bone density test if you have a history in your family or you notice certain symptoms, such as:
- Bone Fracture from Minor Movement
- Back or Neck Pain
- Loss of Height
- Stooped Posture
What Is Osteoporosis?
Both men and women are prone to developing osteoporosis (porous bones) as they age. This is particularly true if they are older than age 60. However, women are more prone to this disease than men. The condition usually develops over the course of many years. That’s why it’s important to pay attention to any warning signs.
If you believe you are at risk for developing osteoporosis, schedule an appointment at our family clinics. We can perform tests to determine if you are at risk: Certain risk factors increase the chance of developing the disease. They include:
- Being Caucasian
- Family History of the Disease
- Long-Term Use of Corticosteroids
- Eating Disorders
- Being Inactive for Long Periods of Time
- Smoking & Drinking Excessive Amounts of Alcohol
- Having a Diet Low in Vitamin D
What Is Osteopenia?
Having abnormal results for any one of these scans doesn’t necessarily mean you have the disease. Instead, your bone mineral density may be lower than normal, yet not qualify as osteoporosis. If so, you could be diagnosed with osteopenia. Having this condition means there is a greater risk for you to develop osteoporosis, but there are ways to improve bone density and avoid it.
Call 508-687-2223 today to book an appointment, find detailed provider information, office locations, hours, and more.
Bone Health: Preventing & Treating Osteoporosis
Depend on our bone health specialist to keep your strong and healthy. Due to modern medicine, there are many ways for you to prevent the onsite of osteopenia and osteoporosis, as well as treat it. For instance, lifestyle changes can minimize bone loss and brittle bones. Eating foods that are rich in calcium and exercising are effective ways to strengthen bones and reduce the risk of bone thinning.
However, if you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, there are also medicines that help with the condition, such as bisphosphonates, raloxifene, and hormone replacement. Allow our doctors to help you determine your course of action if you are concerned about osteopenia or osteoporosis.
Call 508-687-2223 for bone densitometry at one of our medical clinics. We proudly serve patients in greater Worcester and Framingham, Massachusetts and the surrounding areas including Millis, Charlton, and Northborough.