If you were to look at your bones through a microscope, you’d see a honeycomb type of structure. This is entirely normal. However, when you have osteoporosis, those holes and spaces become larger and larger, leaving your bones too porous. Because your bones lose their structure, your risk of fracture drastically increases.
While anyone of any age or gender can develop osteoporosis, it generally happens later in life. Your risk of fragile bones is particularly high if you:
Osteoporosis doesn’t have any particular symptoms. It’s highly likely that you won’t know you have it until you break a bone. If you’re over age 50 and have a bone fracture, Dr. Leibowitz might order a bone density screening test for you. This allows him to find out if you’re losing bone mass and if you need treatment. Dr. Leibowitz could also order a bone density screening just because you have a family history of osteoporosis, or are at a certain age.
Yes and no. While you can’t completely cure osteoporosis, Dr. Leibowitz certainly can help stop bone loss and restore as much bone as possible. This is why early detection and prevention of osteoporosis is so helpful. It takes time to rebuild bone mass, even with proper treatment. Some of the typical treatment options for osteoporosis include:
Dr. Leibowitz is an industry expert when it comes to prescribing medications. He’s well aware that certain medications, including anti-seizure medications and acid reflux pills, can increase your risk of bone loss. Your treatment plan may include adjusting your current medications and making changes, just to help prevent future bone loss. Dr. Leibowitz finds just the right balance for your needs.
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