Osteoporosis Treatment is Available at Midwest Orthopaedic Institute for Residents of DeKalb, IL & Elsewhere in DeKalb County
Early osteoporosis treatment is the best way to avoid bone loss and resulting fractures. However, many people are completely unaware of the condition until a fracture occurs. If you’re in the DeKalb, Illinois, area, an orthopaedic specialist at Midwest Orthopaedic Institute can measure your bone mineral density and, if it is lower than it should be, recommend an appropriate osteoporosis treatment plan to help prevent further bone loss.
Osteoporosis develops as part of the natural aging process. In healthy individuals, bone mass is continually absorbed and regenerated by the body. Throughout childhood and early adulthood, new bone tissue is usually added faster than existing bone tissue is absorbed. As a result, the bones become larger and stronger until peak bone mass is reached (usually around age 30). At that point, most people begin to lose a small amount of bone mass each year. Women are particularly susceptible to osteoporosis that requires treatment after menopause, when their bodies naturally produce less estrogen (which is important for the maintenance of strong bones).
A physician at MOI can promptly and accurately diagnosis osteoporosis and recommend treatment. To do so, the physician may perform an advanced bone density scanning test known as dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) on a patient’s lower spine and hips. For the convenience of our patients, we perform this test on site at our office near DeKalb, IL. In general, we may recommend DEXA for:
- Post-menopausal women
- Individuals who have a personal or maternal history of hip fractures
- Individuals who take medications that are known to cause bone loss, including some corticosteroids, anti-seizure medications, and high-dose thyroid replacement drugs
- Individuals who have been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, liver disease, or kidney disease
- Individuals who have high bone turnover, which may be evidenced by excessive collagen in the urine
- Individuals who have thyroid or parathyroid conditions
- Individuals who have X-ray evidence of vertebral fractures or other signs of osteoporosis
While there is no proven way to restore bone that has already been lost, several osteoporosis treatment methods have been shown to help slow the progression of bone loss. For instance, sufficient calcium and vitamin D intake is essential to good bone health, and weight-bearing exercise can help strengthen overall bone mass. Certain osteoporosis treatment medications have also shown promise in preventing further bone loss.
Patients in the DeKalb, IL, area who are interested in bone mineral density scanning and osteoporosis treatment can consult with the experts at Midwest Orthopaedic Institute. With DEXA testing available on-site, we further streamline the patient experience by eliminating the need for patients to schedule their tests at outside testing facilities, which could potentially delay their osteoporosis treatment.