Osteoporosis in Miami, FL
The Advanced Neuro and Spine Institute specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of orthopedic conditions and diseases such as osteoporosis. Our team of experts delivers the latest advances in personalized, comprehensive care to patients in our conveniently located clinics in Aventura, Kendall, Hialeah, and Fort Lauderdale.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a bone disease that, as it progresses, becomes more severe, causing loss of bone density and bone mass, causing bones to become brittle and fragile. Most patients don’t realize this is occurring because osteoporosis typically has no noticeable outward symptoms.
As osteoporosis progresses, bones become weak and prone to fractures that don’t normally occur in healthy bone. Most people don’t realize they have the disease until they fracture a bone, or tests show low bone mineral density. Patients who have had one fracture, due to osteoporosis, are at an increased risk of experiencing future fractures.
Although many consider osteoporosis to be a natural part of aging, in reality, it isn’t; rather, it is a serious, incurable disease. Nevertheless, it can be managed by lifestyle precautions, modifications, and supervised treatment, which help to avoid fractures.
What are the Causes and Symptoms of Osteoporosis?
Our bones are in a constant state of regeneration and renewal; as new bone is produced, “old” bone breaks down. While in our youth, the body produces new bone at a rate faster than the breakdown of old bone, with bone mass typically increasing. Most adults reach their bone mass peak around their early 20s. However, as we age, bone mass begins to be lost faster than it is produced.
The risk of developing osteoporosis somewhat depends on the quantity of bone mass accumulated during your youth. The higher your peak of bone mass, the more bone tissue you have “in storage,” protecting you from developing osteoporosis as you age.
Post-menopausal women are at an increased risk for osteoporosis, since reduced estrogen levels diminish mineral absorption in the bones, leading to loss of bone density. In some patients, nutritional deficiencies, or other diseases that contribute to improper mineral absorption, may cause osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is considered a “silent disease,” because there are usually no symptoms until the patient experiences a bone fracture.
How is Osteoporosis Treated?
Osteoporosis is usually treated with medications, which slow the breakdown of bone. These drugs effectively maintain bone density, strengthening the existing bone tissue and decreasing the risk of future fractures.
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