If you’ve been diagnosed with osteoporosis, you may worry that you have to lead a cautious, limited lifestyle to protect your bones and stay healthy. Thankfully, at Houston Rheumatology and Arthritis Specialists in Katy, Texas, experienced rheumatologist Kiran Farheen, MD, effectively treats osteoporosis with medication and guided lifestyle changes. You don’t have to choose between your health and the things you love doing. Call the office or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.
Osteoporosis is a disease that causes weak, brittle bones. If you have osteoporosis, you’ve lost too much bone, produce too little bone, or both.
You may have heard osteoporosis described as a “silent disease” because the bone loss doesn’t cause any noticeable symptoms in its early stages. For example, you may only discover you have osteoporosis when you break a bone more easily than you’d expect, including from a fall or even a hard sneeze. Fractures from osteoporosis most commonly affect the spine, hips, and wrists.
Other symptoms of osteoporosis that indicate significant bone loss include:
Depending on your risk factors, Dr. Farheen may recommend a bone density test, which is similar to an X-ray, to determine if you have osteoporosis. Early detection can help you avoid fractures and other complications of the disease.
Osteoporosis can affect people of all ages, genders, and health statuses, but there are common risk factors, including:
Your bone density is usually highest in your early 20s. After that, you gradually begin to lose bone mass at a faster rate than you regain it. Your risk becomes especially high starting at age 50.
Women are about four times more likely to develop osteoporosis than men. The condition is especially common among women who have undergone menopause due to the steep drop in estrogen production, which helps protect bones.
You’re more likely to develop osteoporosis if you have a small, thin frame because you have less bone mass to lose.
Your risk of osteoporosis is higher if you have a low intake of calcium and vitamin D, smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol heavily, or don’t exercise.
Osteoporosis often occurs alongside rheumatoid arthritis. If you have rheumatoid arthritis, ask Dr. Farheen about a bone density test.
Osteoporosis isn’t curable, but medication and lifestyle changes can help prevent further bone loss, protect you from injury, and in some cases regrow bone mass.
Depending on your unique situation, your treatment plan with Dr. Farheen may include:
Osteoporosis doesn’t have to stop you from living a full, active life; call Houston Rheumatology and Arthritis Specialists or schedule an appointment online today to meet with Dr. Farheen.