Osteoporosis is a disease of low bone strength that increases your risk of a fracture…most commonly of the spine, hip, or wrist. These injuries are painful and can result in long term disability.
What can be done to avoid osteoporosis and fractures?
Know your Numbers!!
- Ask your physician to order a bone mineral density test (BMD) dexa scan. This noninvasive test is generally covered by insurance and low cost.
- Have a blood test to check your Vitamin D level. Many people are surprised to learn their Vitamin D is low. Most of us need to supplement our diet with Vitamin D.
- Calculate how much calcium you get daily and supplement to achieve 1500 mg daily.
Review your studies with a physician knowledgeable in osteoporosis care.
Incorporate daily weight bearing exercise and weight training into your routine.
See a physical therapist to help you get started on a program that will work for you.
Balance training to prevent falls.
Prescription medications may be of benefit. Evaluate the risks and benefits of treatment versus non treatment with your physician to determine what is best for you.