Do you have, or suspect you might have osteoporosis? The condition is painful and means that you’re having to be extra careful when moving around. It can be a normal part of ageing, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get help. Dr Stephanie Barrett is one of the leading experts providing osteoporosis treatment in London.
What is osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis affects over 3 million people in the United Kingdom. It is when your bones weaken, and you are more likely to suffer from breaks and fractures. Common injuries include broken wrists, hip and spinal bones.
More serious osteoporosis means you can break bones just from coughing or sneezing. Despite not being painful, when a bone breaks, patients suffer a tremendous amount of pain. Consequently, the patient may experience a loss of mobility.
It is common for people to get osteoporosis as it is a symptom of getting older. Unfortunately, women are more at risk, especially in the early stages of the menopause. Another reason for developing osteoporosis is because you’ve been taking high-dose steroids. In addition to this, you may have a family history of the condition. Alternatively, hormone replacement medications, eating disorders and low weight are also risk factors. Failing that, individuals may suffer osteoporosis because of drinking alcohol, smoking or due to a lack of exercise.
Diagnosing osteoporosis requires a DEXA scan. It’s quick, painless and safe. The scanner measures your bone mineral density. This is then compared to the healthy, young bone density of the same gender. You will receive a score, and consequently, if the score is -2.5 or more, it’s an indication of the condition.
There are different ways to manage osteoporosis. A common treatment is through prescription medications which strengthen your bones. Sometimes, it is unnecessary, or people choose not to take them. Either way, it’s essential to get enough bone-strengthening vitamins in your diet. Examples of medications used to treat osteoporosis include:
- Bisphosphonates, teriparatide and parathyroid hormone
- Denosumab, Raloxifene, Calcitonin, Strontium ranelate
Finally, preventing falls, eating well, and exercise helps to treat osteoporosis. Experts such as Dr Stephanie Barrett in London can help you find the best foods and exercises routines.
Osteoporosis treatment in London
If you’re thinking of getting expert help with your health, contact Dr Stephanie Barrett today. Call on 0207 730 8508 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please bring any referral letters or scans and X-rays you may have to every appointment. Get peace of mind today.