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Osteoporosis Specialist

Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute

Neurosurgeons located in Tulsa, OK & Sallisaw, OK

One in two women and one in four men over age 50 will experience a bone fracture due to osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a progressive disease, but high-quality care from the team of surgeons at Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute can help you prevent further bone loss, lessening your risk of a fracture. If you suspect you have osteoporosis, call one of the offices in Tulsa, Sallisaw, and Claremore, Oklahoma, to schedule a consultation.

Osteoporosis Q & A

What is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a progressive bone loss disease and a significant health problem. The condition weakens your bones over time, making you more susceptible to broken bones.

More than 44 million Americans have this condition, which may be blamed for an estimated two million fractures each year.

Osteoporosis means "porous bone." You may not know you have this disease until you fracture a bone. However, some signs of osteoporosis include a loss of height over time and a severely rounded upper back.

Can I prevent osteoporosis?

You can slow or even prevent the progression of osteoporosis with changes to your diet and lifestyle. Make sure you eat food with sufficient calcium and Vitamin D, which help build healthy bones. You can also consider taking vitamins to keep your bones healthy.  

Getting moderate exercise three or four times a week may help prevent osteoporosis or slow its advance. Consider adding weight-bearing activities to your exercise routines, such as walking, jogging, and dancing. These activities can help to strengthen your bones.

How is osteoporosis diagnosed?

Your doctor at Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute diagnosis osteoporosis with a combination of methods, including:

  • Comprehensive medical history
  • Physical examination
  • Skeletal X-rays
  • Bone densitometry

Bone densitometry involves taking an X-ray of your bones, then comparing the bone density on your X-ray to the peak bone density of an individual of the same ethnicity and gender as you at age 20-25.

If your physician finds that your bone mass is low, they often recommend additional tests to rule out diseases besides osteoporosis that lead to bone loss.

How is osteoporosis treated?

Your treatment at Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute emphasizes preventing further bone loss.

Most treatment plans include exercise and nutrition therapy to slow the advance of osteoporosis, along with additional treatments tailored to your level of bone loss. For example, some medications slow bone loss, while others increase the rate of bone formation.

To safeguard your bone health and prevent fractures, call the friendly team at Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute to discuss your osteoporosis treatment options.