Nearly 45 million Americans over the age of 50 have the bone diseases osteoporosis or osteopenia, resulting in over one million fractures every year. To find out if you’re at risk, call or make an appointment online today with one of the doctors at My OB/GYN Specialists in Miami to get tested.
Osteoporosis decreases the density of your bones causing their strength to decline. If you have osteoporosis, your bones become abnormally porous and spongelike, resulting in frequent fractures.
Osteopenia causes your bones to become slightly less dense than healthy bone. However, the condition isn’t as severe as osteoporosis.
Both osteoporosis and osteopenia cause bone fragility and an increased chance of bone fracture. If your doctor at My OB/GYN Specialists diagnoses you with osteopenia, you are more likely to fracture a bone than a person with normal bone density and less likely to suffer a broken bone than someone with osteoporosis.
Your doctor at My OB/GYN Specialists diagnoses both osteopenia and osteoporosis by sending you to have your bone density tested. Bone density testing is painless and noninvasive and done with a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) that measures the mineral content of your bones.
The higher your bone mineral content, the denser and stronger your bones are, meaning they’re less likely to break.
The bones most commonly tested with DXA are in your spine, hip, and forearm.
Bone density tests are different from bone scans. Bone scans require injections prior to testing. If your doctor at My OB/GYN Specialists sends you for a bone scan, she’s looking for fractures, cancer, infections, and other bone abnormalities.
Conservative recommendations for preventing and treating osteoporosis include:
If these steps fail to reduce your risk of fracture, the alternative treatments can be prescribed by the doctors at My OB/GYN Specialists involves the use of hormone replacement therapy through the use of bioidentical hormones.
Offered in the form of a pellet inserted into your hip and containing either progesterone or one or more of three types of estrogens, bioidentical hormones are made from plants and have the same chemical and molecular structure as the hormones produced by your body.
If you’re approaching or have completed menopause, call or make an appointment online today with one of the doctors at My OB/GYN Specialists in Miami to get tested and treated for osteoporosis.