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Osteoporosis:
Understanding Your Bone Health

This information is about a common condition that affects many individuals, especially as they age: osteoporosis. Our goal is to provide you with clear and simple information to help you understand this condition, recognise its symptoms, and learn about the treatment options available.

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a condition that weakens bones, making them fragile and more likely to break. It develops slowly over several years and is often only discovered when a minor fall or sudden impact causes a bone fracture. Healthy bones are very dense, and this density helps them withstand stress. In osteoporosis, bone density is reduced, and the structure of bone tissue becomes thin, making bones less able to withstand pressure.

Symptoms:

In the early stages of osteoporosis, there may be no symptoms at all. However, as the condition progresses, it can lead to:

  • A decrease in height over time

  • A stooped posture

  • Bone fractures that occur more easily than expected

Causes:

The strength of your bones is influenced by several factors, including:

  • Age: Bones naturally lose density as you age.

  • Hormonal levels: Especially reduced estrogen in women after menopause.

  • Dietary factors: Low calcium intake contributes to diminished bone density, early bone loss, and an increased risk of fractures.

  • Physical activity: Being sedentary can lead to weaker bones.

  • Tobacco and alcohol use: These can weaken bone health.

Diagnosis:

Diagnosing osteoporosis involves a simple and non-invasive test called a bone density scan or DEXA scan. This test measures the density of your bones and helps determine your risk of fractures.

Treatment & Medications:

While osteoporosis cannot be completely cured, there are treatments that can help protect and strengthen bone. These include:

  • Medications: Such as bisphosphonates for slowing bone loss, and others that can help rebuild bone.

  • Lifestyle changes: Including a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D, regular exercise, and avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.

  • Fall prevention: Making your living environment safer to prevent falls that could lead to fractures.

Prognosis:

With early detection and the right treatment plan, many people with osteoporosis can lead active and healthy lives. It's important to follow your treatment plan closely and keep regular appointments with your healthcare provider to monitor your bone health.

Summary:

Osteoporosis is a condition that weakens bones, making them more susceptible to fractures. At Bondi Road Doctors, we are committed to helping our patients manage their bone health. Our services include screening for osteoporosis, personalised treatment plans, and advice on lifestyle changes to help strengthen your bones and prevent fractures. Our team is here to support you every step of the way, from diagnosis to treatment and beyond.

 

If you have concerns about osteoporosis or your bone health, please don't hesitate to contact us at Bondi Road Doctors. Together, we can work towards keeping your bones healthy and strong for years to come.

 

Our doctors are all fully trained in the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis. These GPs have a particular interest in the condition, if you would like to see them when booking an appointment:

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