What is Osteoporosis?
Here at New York Orthopedic Spinal Associates, our spine surgeon in Suffolk County understands that your bone health can determine your overall well being. That is why we consider Osteoporosis a disease that requires immediate attention. It is said to be one of the most widespread detrimental diseases that affect your bones!
Osteoporosis, otherwise known as ‘porous bones’, is a bone disease that causes the density of your bones to be far less than it should be. As we age our bone cells begin to dissolve and reabsorb older parts of the bone while new cells form in their place. This remodeling process is usually balanced or in favor of new cell production until we hit around 20 years old at peak bone mass. From then on, your body slowly begins to decrease new cell production until bone loss can outweigh bone growth, and in extreme or noticeable forms this is called Osteoporosis.
You are at increased risk of osteoporosis if you are post-menopause or a biological woman suffering from a sudden decrease in estrogen levels, or have weak bone structure regardless of sex. If you believe you are suffering from Osteoporosis, you may recognize these symptoms:
- Unexplained loss of height over time or a stooped/slanted posture
- Back pain
- Fractures and breaks occur more easily (especially in the spine, hips, and wrists.)
Your local spine surgeon in Suffolk County will be able to take a closer look at your bones structure to determine if you have osteoporosis.
Since Osteoporosis is located internally, much of its subsequent treatment will be through medication, strengthening exercises, and sometimes even medical intervention. During your visit to a spine surgeon in Suffolk County, low levels of X-rays may be used to determine the structure of your bones as well as their overall mineral content. Depending on your risk progression level, a treatment procedure can be decided to best promote healing. Your doctor may prescribe you medication, usually either a Bisphosphonate (osteoclasts inhibitor) or Denosumab (monoclonal antibody). Other options include hormone therapy, Teriparatide, Abaloparatide, or Romosozumab. Our spine surgeon in Suffolk County will work with you to determine which option is right for your body.
Contact a Spine Surgeon in Suffolk County:
At New York Orthopedic Spinal Associates, we offer a wide array of specialized services to help you get back on your feet. If you would like to schedule an appointment or have any questions relating to osteoporosis, contact our office to set up an initial examination with a spine surgeon in Suffolk County.