What happens when you injure yourself in a way that no surgeon in your area has ever seen, much less repaired? Well, if you are Monroe Township, NJ police officer, Craig Staffieri - or a patient from the other side of the globe - you turn to Dr. Mark Ayzenberg and the orthopedic team at Inspira Health’s Vineland campus.Read More
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis—which literally means “porous bone”—is a condition in which bone mineral density and bone mass decrease, causing weak, brittle bones that are more prone to fractures.
The exact cause of osteoporosis is unknown, but a number of factors can put you more at risk for developing the condition, including:
- Old age
- Being assigned female gender at birth
- Small bone size
- Lack of physical activity
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- A diet low in calcium and vitamin D
- Family history of osteoporosis
What are the Symptoms of Osteoporosis?
Usually, there are no obvious symptoms of osteoporosis, which is why it’s important to visit your health care provider regularly to get screened as you age. If osteoporosis is left untreated, you may experience loss of height (an inch or more), change in posture (stooping or hunching forward), shortness of breath, frequent bone fractures and/or lower back pain.
How is Osteoporosis Diagnosed?
The best way to diagnose osteoporosis is with a bone mineral density screening, also known as dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry or DEXA scan. All women and people assigned female at birth over the age of 65, as well as those who are younger and have risk factors for osteoporosis, should get a DEXA scan every two years. Men and people assigned male at birth over the age of 70 should also receive a DEXA scan every two years.
Osteoporosis Treatment Options
Our Approach to Osteoporosis
At Inspira, our experienced team of primary care physicians, endocrinologists, and orthopedic specialists can help assess your risk for osteoporosis, make suggestions for meaningful lifestyle changes and manage any symptoms as they arise. For those diagnosed with osteoporosis, the best treatment option is the one that works best for you. Our providers are here to give you guidance, no matter what stage of life or severity of condition you have.