What is the Most Effective Treatment for OsteoporosisSEMGeeks
Osteoporosis is a condition that causes the bones to become weak and brittle. They can turn so weak, even a slight cough can cause a fracture. The condition happens when the creation of new bone can’t keep up with the loss of old bone. The bones are living tissues that are constantly being broken down and replaced. When you’re young, this process is efficient. But as you get older, bone mass is lost faster than it’s replaced.
Anyone can develop osteoporosis, though some people are at a higher risk based on their family history, body frame size, eating habits, medical conditions and lifestyle. If you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, your doctor will treat you with medication and lifestyle changes. Below are the most effective treatment options for osteoporosis.
- Bisphosphonates. If you have a higher risk for fracture, you will likely be prescribed a bisphosphonate. These drugs work by slowing bone loss and reducing the risk for spine and hip fractures. Bisphosphonates can be taken by pill or intravenously.
- Denosumab. Compared to bisphosphonates, denosumab produces similar or better results and reduces the risk for all types of fractures. The medication is delivered under the skin every six months.
- Hormone-Related Therapy. Estrogen can also help maintain bone density, especially when it’s taken soon after menopause. However, because estrogen can increase the risk for breast cancer and blood clots, it’s typically recommended for young women or women who are in menopause.
- Bone Building Medication. If the treatments you’re using are not working, or you have severe osteoporosis, your doctor may recommend a bone-building medication like teriparatide, abaloparatide or romosozumab.
Lifestyle and Home Remedies
It’s also important to maintain good health to protect your bones, including not smoking, limiting alcohol and preventing slips and falls. Exercise is also an effective way to reduce the rate of bone loss and conserve bone tissue.
Focus on weight-bearing physical activities and exercises that improve balance and posture. The more active you are, the less likely you are to fall and fracture a bone. Also, focus on eating a healthy diet that consists of bone-building foods such as dairy products, dark, leafy green vegetables, canned fish and fortified foods.
Platelet-rich plasma injections may be used to treat osteoporosis as well. It enhances bone quality and accelerates healing in osteoporosis fractures. The process works because PRP increases the supply of growth factors available to the bone’s cells and stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities.
Stem Cell Therapy
While still in its early stages, research shows that stem cell therapy can help patients with osteoporosis and other skeletal disorders. Stem cells help repair, regenerate and replace damaged or missing tissue. It may also alleviate pain, improve mobility, increase the strength of bones and contain the disease.
Jersey Rehab can help restore your quality of life when you’re living with osteoporosis. We specialize in pain management and rehabilitation using a variety of treatments. Each patient is fully evaluated and given a comprehensive, patient-centered treatment plan. Schedule an appointment to learn more about our treatments and how we can help you live better with osteoporosis.