Osteoporosis is a condition that causes bones to become weak and brittle. The affected bones may be so fragile that even a mild fall, bending over or coughing, may cause a fracture. Osteoporosis results when the normal creation of new bone doesn’t keep up with the removal of old bone. Individuals most at risk for developing osteoporosis include women who are menopausal or postmenopausal.
In the early stages of osteoporosis, there are typically no symptoms. However, once bone loss reaches a level that causes weakness within the bone, symptoms may start to appear.
Frequent symptoms of osteoporosis include:
As we age, our body continues to make new bone while breaking down and removing old bone. When we’re young, our body makes new bone very fast, resulting in more bone mass. As we get older, our body typically loses bone mass faster than new bone is formed.
Risk factors associated with osteoporosis include:
Conservative treatment for osteoporosis may often include medications and supplements to help maintain bone mass, as well as weight-bearing exercise and guidance on preventing falls.
At Riverview Health, we offer DEXA scans (bone mass measurement) to help detect bone loss before it progresses. In the event of debilitating or painful vertebral body fractures in the spine, we also offer a minimally invasive procedure called kyphoplasty designed to restore the normal shape of the affected vertebral body.
To learn more about osteoporosis care in Noblesville, IN, find a primary care physician near you and request a visit today by calling 317.565.0535 or by completing an online appointment request form.
Riverview Health provides expert osteoporosis care for people living in Noblesville, Carmel, Cicero, Fishers, Sheridan and Westfield.