What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a bone-weakening condition that increases susceptibility to hip, wrist, and spine fractures. With age, there is a natural decline in bone density, making bones more fragile. If not addressed, osteoporosis poses a significant risk of fractures due to the diminished strength of bones over time.

Osteoporosis Symptoms

Symptoms of osteoporosis don't usually show up until a fracture occurs. Still, individuals may notice altered posture, shortness of breath, or lower back pain. These signs show possible bone density issues. Routine bone density tests are essential for early detection. Individuals over 65 or those with a family history of osteoporosis are particularly susceptible. This proactive approach helps identify the condition before fractures develop.

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What Causes Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis stems from the natural decrease in bone regrowth. Various factors, including family history, smoking, specific health conditions, medications, and dietary habits, contribute to risk. Identifying these risk factors is crucial for proactive prevention measures.

Osteoporosis Testing and Diagnosis

The diagnosis of osteoporosis involves a bone density test known as DEXA or DXA scans. These outpatient imaging procedures use X-rays to assess bone strength and mineral content. Regular screenings increase the likelihood of timely intervention and appropriate management.

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Your Providers

Schneck providers encourage regular checkups for vigilant monitoring. We offer personalized preventive measures and tailored treatments for optimal osteoporosis management.

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Osteoporosis Treatment

Managing osteoporosis involves slowing bone loss and strengthening existing bone tissue. Treatment approaches include exercise, supplements like calcium and vitamin D, and medications, including hormone therapies. A combination of treatment options ensures patients receive comprehensive care.

Seek Osteoporosis Solutions at Schneck

Discover personalized osteoporosis solutions at Schneck Internal Medicine and Schneck Primary Care. Schedule regular appointments and bone density tests for proactive, long-term management. Whether you're over 65, have a family history, or notice symptoms, trust Schneck for supportive bone health care.

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