At Mercy Grace Private Practice, Dr. Hope Ijaola and Dr. Lanre Ijaola offer a variety of treatment options for osteoporosis and many other chronic health conditions that affect the bones. The facility serves the Arizona residents who live in and around the Gilbert area.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a bone condition that causes the bones to lose tissue causing them to become extremely brittle. In healthy bone, the tissue is replaced as soon as it is lost. This constant transfer keeps the bones healthy and strong. When osteoporosis becomes a problem, nothing replaces the bone tissues as they are lost. Normally this occurs as a person ages, but some people tend to lose mass earlier than others due to poor diet or the use of certain types of medication. Doctors can perform bone density tests to determine how much bone mass a person has as they age. With the right medications, they can slow down the loss of bone and help a person to keep their bones strong and resilient.
Can Osteoporosis be Prevented?
In most cases, the progression of osteoporosis can be dramatically slowed, if not stopped. As an adolescent grows, they begin to develop the bone mass that will last them throughout their lifetime. The amount of bone mass they have accumulated when they reach their peak will determine their level of risk when it comes to dealing with osteoporosis later in life. Keeping the bones strong is the key to preventing bone loss as a person ages. Weight bearing exercise and including calcium-rich foods in the diet are key elements in maintaining bone density for as long as possible. It is also important to make sure to avoid foods and medications that can hasten bone loss.
What are the Symptoms of Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis may not cause any symptoms at all during the earliest stages. People may have no idea that they have osteoporosis until one or more of their bones begin to break. Fractured or collapsed vertebra, bone fractures throughout the body, and bone that have started to condense or break down. Any of these situations can cause chronic pain and result in a stooped or bent posture. Individuals who have a family history of osteoporosis, are over the age of 55, are female, and have a smaller, more frail frame, are more likely to be diagnosed with osteoporosis. The risk is also higher for Asians and Caucasians.