More than 44 million Americans are living with osteoporosis, a disease that causes low bone mass. At Endocrinology and Osteoporosis Centers of Texas, with three locations in Houston, Pearland, and Pasadena, Texas, board-certified physician Ashkan Zand, MD, and the team provide comprehensive care for individuals with osteoporosis. Using prescription medication and healthy lifestyle changes, they can preserve the health of your bones for years to come. Book an appointment online or call the nearest office today.
Osteoporosis is a chronic condition that causes your bones to deteriorate and become fragile. Every day, your body breaks down old bone and replaces it with new tissue. Osteoporosis occurs when your body can’t produce enough new bone to keep up.
People of all ages and races experience osteoporosis, but it’s prevalent in post-menopausal women. Although there’s no cure for osteoporosis, it’s possible to manage and treat.
Common symptoms of osteoporosis include:
In the early stages, osteoporosis presents few symptoms. Most of the previously mentioned side-effects occur after your bone begins to weaken.
The team at Endocrinology and Osteoporosis Centers of Texas recommends scheduling an osteoporosis appointment if you went through early menopause, took corticosteroids for longer than two or three months, or if your family has a history of hip fractures.
Osteoporosis affects men and women, but several factors may increase your risk, including living a primarily sedentary lifestyle, drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, and smoking cigarettes.
The team at Endocrinology and Osteoporosis Centers of Texas diagnoses osteoporosis by reviewing your medical history, conducting a physical exam, and asking about your lifestyle and symptoms. They then perform a bone density scan. A bone density scan is an X-ray that assesses the mineral in your bones.
During a bone density scan, you lie down on an exam table while a scanner passes over your body. To ensure the most accurate results, the team typically focuses on scanning the hips and spine.
Treatment for osteoporosis depends on the severity of bone loss and your risk of a fracture. If you have a low risk, the team might recommend healthy lifestyle changes like eating calcium-rich foods, participating in weight-bearing exercise, and taking prescription medication.
If you have a high risk of a fracture, the team might prescribe:
You might also benefit from quitting smoking, cutting back on your alcohol intake, and wearing supportive slip-resistant shoes.
Don’t wait to seek treatment for osteoporosis at Endocrinology and Osteoporosis Centers of Texas. Book an appointment online, or call the nearest office today.