Suanne White-Spunner, MD, appeared on Studio10 to talk about what is Osteoporosis and who it can affect.
Please click on the video link to see the interview on Osteoporosis. Also, Studio10 host Joe Emer takes a bone density scan on the air. Below is more information on Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic, Springhill Medical Center, and a description of Osteoporosis from Suanne White Spunner, MD.
Osteoporosis: By Suanne White-Spunner, MD
Osteoporosis (porous bone) means decreased bone strength which can result in painful broken bones from minor injuries. Osteoporosis is caused by normal aging and progresses more rapidly in people with certain risk factors such as:
• Low body weight (<127lbs)
• Medications (steroids, blood thinners, anticonvulsants)
• Diseases (diabetes, hypothyroidism, hyperparathyroidism, alcoholism)
• Family history of broken bones due to osteoporosis
• Physical inactivity
Testing for osteoporosis is done by non-invasive diagnostic scans. All women over age 65, all men over age 70, all adults who have an osteoporotic fracture and all adults with the above risk factors should be tested. Once a patient has been diagnosed with osteoporosis, they should be re-scanned every two years.
Treatment options include exercise, calcium and vitamin D supplements as well as medications prescribed by a physician. These prescribed medications can be oral or injectable, depending on the severity of the disease.
To estimate your risk for osteoporosis, complete the online FRAX (Fracture Risk Assessment Tool)http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/FRAX/tool.jsp?country=9
You can also learn more about Osteoporosis by visiting the National Osteoporosis Foundation at http://www.nof.org/