Osteoporosis occurs when you’re not producing enough bone or losing too much bone. This makes your bones more brittle and vulnerable to serious breaks that don’t heal easily. Experienced orthopedic surgeon Apurva Dalal, MD, treats men and women who are at risk of developing osteoporosis or have been diagnosed with it. If you live in the Memphis or Germantown, Tennessee, area, call Tri-State Orthopaedics or use the online booking agent so Dr. Dalal can offer treatment to improve your bone health.
Usually, the loss of bone that occurs with osteoporosis occurs over time. When you're younger, your body uses the minerals calcium and phosphate to produce bones. You also need calcium to maintain heart and brain function. Sometimes your body borrows calcium stored in the bones to maintain your blood levels and keep these organs functioning. If you don't take in enough calcium, or you don't absorb enough of it, you may stop producing adequate bone, resulting in weaker, more brittle structures.
You’re at risk of breaking a bone when you have osteoporosis, especially in the hip, spine, or wrist. You may also suffer pain and lose height with osteoporosis, developing a stooped or hunched posture.
You don’t feel the effects of weakening bones. You may not find out you have osteoporosis until you suffer a broken bone. Bone density testing can reveal osteoporosis or osteopenia — a precursor to osteoporosis — before you suffer a fracture. If you experience height loss or notice your spine curving, ask Dr. Dalal to screen your bone density to determine if you have osteoporosis.
Often, you don’t see an orthopedic surgeon until you’ve already suffered a fracture due to osteoporosis. But, having suffered one fracture puts you at even greater risk of experiencing another, so Dr. Dalal can be instrumental in preventing a future fracture. He can monitor your bone density and offer lifestyle recommendations to minimize your risk.
Examples of ways to modify your behavior when you have osteoporosis include:
A vertebral body fracture is a type that’s most often missed during an osteoporosis screening. If you have back pain or kyphosis along with osteoporosis, Dr. Dalal may check for this type of fracture in your back. Women older than 70 and men older than 80 are at particular risk.
To stay on top of your bone health, consult Dr. Dalal by calling Tri-State Orthopaedics today or booking an appointment online.