Osteoporosis Management

Osteoporosis Management

Osteoporosis Management services offered in Pembroke Pine, FL

Fractures are common, particularly in the aging population, but there are ways to significantly reduce the risk of broken bones. At ProHealth Primary Care in Pembroke Pines, Florida, outstanding physicians Shane Joukar, MD, and Kyle Petersen, DO, offer osteoporosis management for adults of all ages to strengthen their bones and eliminate unnecessary risk factors. Schedule an osteoporosis evaluation by phone or request one online today to learn more. 

Osteoporosis Management Q & A

What is osteoporosis management?

Osteoporosis management at ProHealth Primary Care involves medical monitoring and treatment for osteoporosis, a condition that causes weak, brittle bones when not addressed. Weakened bones increase your risk of fractures, even if you have a minor fall. Osteoporosis-related fractures often appear in your spine, hip, or wrist. 

Who benefits from osteoporosis management?

Anyone with low bone density or an osteoporosis diagnosis benefits from osteoporosis management at ProHealth Primary Care. Symptoms of the condition include:

  • Frequent fractures
  • Back pain
  • Stooped posture
  • Loss of height over time

Risk factors for osteoporosis include older age, lack of weight-bearing exercise early in life, insufficient calcium and vitamin D intakes, hormone imbalance, certain medical conditions, and some medications.

Additional risk factors include a family history of osteoporosis and being female, as women are more likely than men to develop osteoporosis. 

Ways to reduce the risk of osteoporosis include taking dietary supplements rich in bone-strengthening nutrients, getting plenty of exercise, eating nutritious foods, and avoiding tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption. 

How is osteoporosis diagnosed?

Diagnosing osteoporosis consists of a discussion of your medical history and symptoms, a physical exam, and low-level X-rays that evaluate your bone density. During this painless procedure, you simply lie down on a comfortable table while a scanner passes over your body and creates images of your bones, particularly those in your spine and hips. 

What can I expect during osteoporosis management?

Osteoporosis management at ProHealth Primary Care may include making lifestyle adjustments, trying hormone therapies, or taking medications. You might take dietary supplements rich in calcium and vitamin D, and physical therapy could be helpful. If you end up with fractures, the ProHealth Primary Care team refers you to another provider if necessary. They follow up with you to ensure your osteoporosis management plan is effective.

You can reduce the risk of falls by wearing well-fitting shoes, eliminating slippery surfaces in your home, and ensuring the rooms in your home are brightly lit. You or a loved one may need grab bars near or in the shower, by your bed, or next to any stairs.

Schedule an osteoporosis management visit at ProHealth Primary Care by calling the office or booking an appointment online today.