Osteoporosis is the thinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density over time, causing bones to become weak and more likely to break. Osteoporosis occurs when the body fails to form enough new bone or when the body reabsorbs too much old bone. A person with osteoporosis can break a bone from a minor fall, a sneeze or even bumping into furniture.
People can’t feel their bones getting weaker. A person can have osteoporosis and not know it. Many people learn that they have the disease only after they break a bone. Fortunately, a bone density test can help you learn if you have osteoporosis or are at risk of developing the disease. You can then take the necessary steps to prevent osteoporosis and broken bones!
Ten million Americans already have been diagnosed with the disease. Nearly 50% of women and 25% of men over the age of 50 will break a bone because of osteoporosis.
Breaking a bone is serious. Hip, spine and wrist breaks are the most common osteoporosis-related breaks, but it can weaken any bone in your body. Broken bones in the spine can cause a person to become shorter or cause the spine to start to curve forward making it hard to stand up straight. Broken and fractured hips can cause you to lose the ability to walk or even take care of yourself. And wrist fractures can keep you from doing the simplest of daily tasks.
Knowing all we do about osteoporosis, it is important that we stay educated about the disease and do what we can to help prevent it!
Carolina Back Institute will be hosting Osteoporosis Clinics by appointment at both the Cary and North Raleigh locations.
Please call us today at (888) 977.2225 and schedule your consultation.
The physicians at Carolina Back Institute recognized the need to provide better management of bone health due to the consistent increase in the Osteoporosis patient population nationally and within the Carolina Back practices. Our Osteoporosis Clinic was launched to help patients aggressively work to prevent fractures from the start. And for patients who’ve already experienced osteoporosis-related fractures, we’ll help them develop habits and therapies for better bone health to prevent future fractures. A referral is not required. If patient has any concerns about their bone health they should call (888) 977.BACK (2225) for a consult today.
If you have any questions about osteoporosis or other related concerns, please call Carolina Back at (888) 977.BACK (2225).