Treatment of Osteoporosis includes our specially formulated Homeopathy medicines for Osteoporosis. The treatment helps to stop the further progress of the disease and help you build bone strength. The treatment for Osteoporosis can help you with common symptoms of osteoporosis like
- Back pain and joint pains,
- Stooped posture,
- Bone that breaks much more easily than expected.
If you are looking for treatment of Osteoporosis, that’s natural, doesn’t cause some other disease while treating osteoporosis and offer better bone strength, consult a Welling Clinic specialist near you.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a bone disease that occurs when the body loses too much bone, makes too little bone, or both. As a result, bones become weak and may break from a fall or, in serious cases, from sneezing or minor bumps.
Osteoporosis means “porous bone.” Viewed under a microscope, healthy bone looks like a honeycomb. When osteoporosis occurs, the holes and spaces in the honeycomb are much larger than in healthy bone. Osteoporotic bones have lost density or mass and contain abnormal tissue structure. As bones become less dense, they weaken and are more likely to break. If you’re 50 or older and have broken a bone, ask your doctor or healthcare provider about a bone density test.
Symptoms of Osteoporosis
The early stages of osteoporosis don’t cause any symptoms or warning signs. In most cases, people with osteoporosis don’t know they have the condition until they have a fracture.
If symptoms do appear, some of the earlier ones may include:
- receding gums
- weakened grip strength
- weak and brittle nails
If you don’t have symptoms but have a family history of osteoporosis, talking to your doctor can help you assess your risk.
Without appropriate treatment, osteoporosis can worsen. As bones get thinner and weaker, the risk of fracture increases.
Symptoms of severe osteoporosis can include a fracture from a fall or even from a strong sneeze or cough. They can also include back or neck pain, or loss of height.
Back or neck pain or loss of height can be caused by a compression fracture . This is a break in one of the vertebrae in your neck or back, which is so weak that it breaks under the normal pressure in your spine.
If you do have a fracture from osteoporosis, how long it takes to heal will depend on many factors. These include where the fracture is, how severe it is, as well as your age and health history.
What Is Osteopenia?
Whether your doctor calls it osteopenia or low bone mass, consider it a warning. Bone loss has started, but you can still take action to keep your bones strong and maybe prevent osteoporosis later in life. That way you will be less likely to break a wrist, hip, or vertebrae (bone in your spine) when you are older.
Can My Bones Be Tested?
For some people, the first sign of osteoporosis is to realize they are getting shorter or to break a bone easily. Don’t wait until that happens to see if you have osteoporosis. You can have a bone density test to find out how strong your bones are.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that women aged 65 and older be screened (tested) for osteoporosis, as well as women under age 65 who are at increased risk for an osteoporosis-related fracture.
A bone mineral density test compares your bone density to the bones of an average healthy young adult. The test result, known as a T-score, tells you how strong your bones are, whether you have osteoporosis or osteopenia, and your risk for having a fracture.
How Can I Keep My Bones Strong? Preventing Osteoporosis
There are things you should do at any age to prevent weakened bones. Eating foods that are rich in calcium and vitamin D is important. So is regular weight-bearing exercise , such as weight training, walking, hiking, jogging, climbing stairs, tennis, and dancing.
If you have osteoporosis, avoid activities that involve twisting your spine or bending forward from the waist, such as conventional sit-ups, toe touches, or swinging a golf club.
Those are the best ways to keep your bones strong and healthy. Learn more about keeping your bones strong to prevent falls
Who Gets Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis affects women and men of all races and ethnic groups. Osteoporosis can occur at any age, although the risk for developing the disease increases as you get older. For many women, the disease begins to develop a year or two before menopause. Other factors to consider include:
Osteoporosis is most common in non-Hispanic white women and Asian women.
African American and Hispanic women have a lower risk of developing osteoporosis, but they are still at significant risk.
Among men, osteoporosis is more common in non-Hispanic whites.
Certain medications, such as some cancer medications and glucocorticoid steroids, may increase the risk of developing osteoporosis.
Because more women get osteoporosis than men, many men think they are not at risk for the disease. However, both older men and women from all backgrounds are at risk for osteoporosis.
Some children and teens develop a rare form of idiopathic juvenile osteoporosis. Doctors do not know the cause; however, most children recover without treatment.
Causes of Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis occurs when too much bone mass is lost and changes occur in the structure of bone tissue. Certain risk factors may lead to the development of osteoporosis or can increase the likelihood that you will develop the disease.
Many people with osteoporosis have several risk factors, but others who develop osteoporosis may not have any specific risk factors. There are some risk factors that you cannot change, and others that you may be able to change. However, by understanding these factors, you may be able to prevent the disease and fractures.
Factors that may increase your risk for osteoporosis include:
Your chances of developing osteoporosis are greater if you are a woman. Women have lower peak bone mass and smaller bones than men. However, men are still at risk, especially after the age of 70.
As you age, bone loss happens more quickly, and new bone growth is slower. Over time, your bones can weaken and your risk for osteoporosis increases.
- Slender, thin-boned women and men are at greater risk to develop osteoporosis because they have less bone to lose compared to larger boned women and men.
- Researchers are finding that your risk for osteoporosis and fractures may increase if one of your parents has a history of osteoporosis or hip fracture.
- Changes to hormones.
- Low levels of certain hormones can increase your chances of developing osteoporosis. For example:
- Low estrogen levels in women after menopause.
- Low levels of estrogen from the abnormal absence of menstrual periods in premenopausal women due to hormone disorders or extreme levels of physical activity.
- Low levels of testosterone in men. Men with conditions that cause low testosterone are at risk for osteoporosis. However, the gradual decrease of testosterone with aging is probably not a major reason for loss of bone.
Beginning in childhood and into old age, a diet low in calcium and vitamin D can increase your risk for osteoporosis and fractures. Excessive dieting or poor protein intake may increase your risk for bone loss and osteoporosis.
Some medical conditions that you may be able to treat or manage can increase the risk of osteoporosis, such as other endocrine and hormonal diseases, gastrointestinal diseases, rheumatoid arthritis , certain types of cancer, HIV/AIDS, and anorexia nervosa.
- Long-term use of certain medications may make you more likely to develop bone loss and osteoporosis, such as:
- Glucocorticoids and adrenocorticotropic hormone, which treat various conditions, such as asthma and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Antiepileptic medicines, which treat seizures and other neurological disorders.
- Cancer medications, which use hormones to treat breast and prostate cancer.
- Proton pump inhibitors, which lower stomach acid.
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, which treat depression and anxiety.
- Thiazolidinediones, which treat type II diabetes.
A healthy lifestyle can be important for keeping bones strong. Factors that contribute to bone loss include:
Low levels of physical activity and prolonged periods of inactivity can contribute to an increased rate of bone loss. They also leave you in poor physical condition, which can increase your risk of falling and breaking a bone.
Chronic heavy drinking of alcohol is a significant risk factor for osteoporosis.
Studies indicate that smoking is a risk factor for osteoporosis and fracture. Researchers are still studying if the impact of smoking on bone health is from tobacco use alone or if people who smoke have more risk factors for osteoporosis.
How is Osteoporosis Diagnosed?
You can learn if you have osteoporosis by having a simple test that measures bone mineral density sometimes called BMD. BMD the amount of bone you have in a given area is measured at different parts of your body. Often the measurements are at your spine and your hip, including a part of the hip called the femoral neck, at the top of the thighbone (femur). Dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (referred to as DXA or DEXA and pronounced “dex-uh”) is the best current test to measure BMD.
The test is quick and painless. It is similar to an X-ray, but uses much less radiation. Even so, pregnant women should not have this test, to avoid any risk of harming the fetus. DXA test results are scored compared with the BMD of young, healthy people. This results in a measure called a T-score. The scoring is as follows:
- DXA T-score
- Bone mineral density (BMD)
- Not lower than –1.0 Normal
- Between –1.0 and –2.5 Osteopenia (mild BMD loss)
- -2.5 or lower Osteoporosis
- If your t score is below 2.5 (Osteopoross) then you most likely need treatment.
- If your t score is between -1.0 and -2.5 (Osteopenia) a FRAX score is determined to see if you need treatment.
Treatment of Osteoporosis
Lifestyle modification for prevention of osteoporotic fractures includes the following [
Increasing weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercise
Ensuring optimum calcium and vitamin D intake as an adjunct to active antifracture therapy
The NOF recommends that pharmacologic therapy should be reserved for postmenopausal women and men aged 50 years or older who present with the following [
A hip or vertebral fracture (vertebral fractures may be clinical or morphometric [eg, identified on a radiograph alone])
T-score of –2.5 or less at the femoral neck or spine after appropriate evaluation to exclude secondary causes
First-line agents for most high fracture risk patients: alendronate, risedronate, zoledronate, denosumab
First-line agents for high fracture risk patients unable to use oral therapy: baloparatide, denosumab, romosozumab, teriparatide, and zoledronate
First-line agents for spine-specific indications in select patients: ibandronate and raloxifene
Sequential agents: anabolic agents (eg, abaloparatide, romosozumab, teriparatide) should be followed with a bisphosphonate or denosumab
Guidelines from the American College of Rheumatology for the treatment of glucocorticoid- induced osteoporosis include the following [ Categorization of patients by fracture risk (using the FRAX score)
In appropriate patients, initiation of treatment with agents including alendronate, risedronate, zoledronic acid, and teriparatide (in those patients at highest risk)
Other approved agents include the following:
Romosozumab: For treatment of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women who are at high risk for fracture
Denosumab: For treatment of glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis
Medical care also includes the identification and treatment of potentially treatable underlying causes of osteoporosis such as hyperparathyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Surgical care in selected patients may include vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty , which are minimally invasive spine procedures used for the management of painful osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures.
Homeopathy Treatment of Osteoporosis
Homeopathy treatment of osteoporosis includes specially formulated Homeopathy medicines that are proven to work at deep level stopping the further progress of osteoporosis. The bones become stronger and they can withstand more pressure , thus stopping recurrent fractures.
Visit a Welling Clinic near you or consult our specialist online to know more our specially formulated Homeopathy treatment for Osteoporosis.