Osteoporosis can be debilitating and frustrating. Unfortunately, osteoporosis cannot be reversed so treatment is offered to manage symptoms. Osteoporosis is the weakening of bones usually due to hormonal changes or lack of Calcium or vitamin D. Even though osteoporosis does not show up in many symptoms, it is good to take notice of any signs your body may be showing if bones have become brittle from osteoporosis. Some symptoms include:
- Back pain caused by a collapsed vertebra
- Loss of height over time
- A stooped posture
- A bone fracture that happens much more easily than expected
As with many other debilitating diseases, Osteoporosis is best treated by not getting it in the first place. Some prevention strategies include: taking vitamin D or calcium supplements which are both key to bone health, exercising regularly to strengthen bone mass, and consulting Treasure Coast Primary Care to determine what bone loss drug is right for you. You should see a doctor if you have experienced early menopause, took corticosteroids over a period of several months, or if one of your parents had a hip fracture. When prevention is too late, Treasure Coast Primary Care has a variety of treatment options that can fit your individualized needs. Here are some common treatment options and prevention strategies:
Drugs that work to inhibit the cells that break down bones include Actonel, Binosto, Boniva, and Fosamax. Reclast is another drug that requires a yearly infusion into the vein and increases bone strength and reduces risk of fractures. Hormones can also be given to stimulate new bone formation.
- Nutrition and Diet
Also part of a prevention strategy, proper nutrition and diet full of calcium-rich foods is highly recommended by Dr. Libman. Some of these foods include nonfat milk, low-fat yogurt, broccoli, cauliflower, salmon, tofu, and leafy green vegetables. Calcium is one of the key vitamins to maintaining bone health. Vitamin D3 is best obtained through supplements obtained in our office.
- At Home Remedies
Increasing the amount of calcium in your diet is vital to osteoporosis prevention and treatment. If you are not lactose intolerant, adding nonfat dry milk to everyday foods and beverages is a simple way to add more calcium to your diet. Also, adding a little bit of vinegar to the water you use in soup stock can dissolve some of the calcium out of the bones, for a calcium-rich soup.
Exercise maintains strong bones and helps build bone mass. Running, walking, tennis, stair climbing, aerobics, weightlifting and other weight bearing exercises that place stress on the bones reduce bone loss and help to prevent osteoporosis.
Prevention is the best treatment for osteoporosis, but if you need a little extra care the friendly knowledgeable staff at Treasure Coast Primary Care is available to decide what treatment options are right for you.