More than 44 million people throughout the United States suffer from Osteoporosis, a chronic disease that causes the bones to deteriorate and fracture over time. Such fractures are responsible for approximately 430,000 hospital visits, 2.5 million office sessions, and 180,000 nursing home admissions per year.
Unfortunately, osteoporosis can develop without exhibiting noticeable symptoms and tend to affect both genders, specifically those that are over the age of 65. Treating osteoporosis costs the healthcare industry $19 billion per year and medical experts predict that by 2025, this condition will be responsible for over three million fractures and $25 billion in annual costs.
Osteoporosis is triggered by a variety of conditions and factors that include:
- Body structure
- Family medical history
- Personal medical history
- Personal lifestyle (e.g. tobacco use, alcohol consumption, diet, and nutrition)
- Chronic inflammation
- Bowel disease
Our team of Atlanta orthopedic doctors diagnose the presence of osteoporosis using the following methods:
- A review of the patient’s family and personal medical history
- X-ray scans
- Bone densitometry
- Blood/lab tests
Orthopedic Treatment For Osteoporosis
The focus of treatment is to stop each patient’s bones from fracturing further, reduce bone loss, and support or stimulate bone density. Being able to detect and approach osteoporosis during its beginning stages can significantly help reduce the risk of future fractures. However, the medical community does not have a solution that completely prevents the condition from occurring or cures it once it exists.
You can reduce the chances of developing osteoporosis by adhering to the following recommendations:
- Reduce or eliminate tobacco use
- Reduce or eliminate alcohol consumption
- Increase exercise
- Maintain a balanced diet that consists of calcium and vitamin D
- Consume particular medications that help increase bone density and strength
Contact AICA Orthopedics For Immediate Support and Treatment
If you are concerned about developing osteoporosis and are currently managing this condition, contact AICA Orthopedics for support. We are the community’s most experienced and comprehensive orthopedic clinic with on site access to state-of-the-art imaging devices, as well as a multi-disciplinary medical team. Contact us online to schedule a consultation or a complete examination – or dial (404) 855-2141 to speak with one of our staff members.