Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis

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The Effects of "the Silent Disease"

In the early stages, osteoporosis has few physical signs. Often it is called a silent disease because you may have it for years before realizing. There are signs that can alert you to having osteoporosis:

 

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Prevention

Preventing bone loss and avoiding fractures are the most effective therapies for osteoporosis. Hormone replacement therapy is generally the treatment of choice in prevention. Other ways are:

 

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Detection and Treatment

Physicians can detect early signs of osteoporosis with a simple, painless bone density test called "bone densitometry." If your bone mass is low, your physician may prescribe medication, dietary changes, or exercise. All three are essential components of a successful treatment program.

Appropriate physical exercise is an important compliment to current preventative and treatment strategies for osteoporosis. Bellin Health’s Outpatient Physical Therapy can offer the proper training to maximize the benefits of exercise. The foundation of your program will include:

 

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Are you at Risk for Osteoporosis?

Risk factors help determine if you may have an increased chance of developing osteoporosis.

 

Even if you don’t have any of these factors you may still have osteoporosis. Only a bone density test can provide the information your doctor needs to make a diagnosis.

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