Loss of bone
The osteoporosis condition can be present without any symptoms for decades, because osteoporosis doesn't cause symptoms unless bone fractures.Osteoporosis would cause decline in bone density. Bones become fragile and vulnerable to fractures, resulting in pain and other complications.
High risk group
Family history of osteoporosis
Excessive alcohol consumption
Lack of exercise
Low calcium diet
Vitamin D deficiency
Osteoporosis in men
Osteoporosis is an important and often overlooked problem in men. Lower levels of testosterone along with age in men is one of the factor leading to bone loss.
Those who are at risk and suspected to be having osteoporosis may consult doctor for a test. The followings are common methods of measuring bone density.
Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA)---we can accurately measure the bone mineral density at a specific body region without the effect of soft tissue x-ray attenuation. This is for diagnosis and monitoring of treatment effect.
Quantitative Ultrasound (QUS)---No radiation, suitbale for for people at different age groups as screening purpose.
The goal of osteoporosis treatment is the prevention of bone fractures by stopping bone loss and by increasing bone density and strength.
Medication: Actonel, ibandronate, teriparatide
Physiotherapy: impact exercise training to maintain bone density. Balance training to prevent fall, thus fracture.
Treatment and care
Spine & Physiotherapy