Your bones have to be strong enough to hold up your whole body, especially the many bones that make up your spine. That’s why conditions like osteoporosis can be such a serious cause for concern. If you have osteoporosis, your bones become weak and brittle. This can lead to problems with easy fracturing down the road.
Catching osteoporosis early can give you a chance to safeguard and strengthen your bones. At South Texas Spinal Clinic, our experienced care team offers diagnoses and treatment for patients from around the San Antonio and South Texas area who have osteoporosis-related concerns.
Here’s what we want our new and existing patients to know about the early signs of osteoporosis, and when you should contact one of our offices for a consultation.
Your bones constantly work to replace old cells with strong new bone. However, as you age, your body loses more bone density than you gain.
By your late 20s, your bones will stop adding mass, and if you’re like most people, your 40s are when you start to seriously lose bone density. For women, declining estrogen levels later in life during menopause also contribute to loss of bone density.
Many people don’t realize they have osteoporosis until bones start breaking. Before you develop full-blown osteoporosis, potentially leading to problems with bone breakage and fracturing, you may see these early signs of the condition:
You can rely on the team at South Texas Spinal Clinic to diagnose and treat your osteoporosis. Our fracture liaison certified specialists James W. Simmons III, DO and Annette Gantz, NP-C are ambassadors for the National Osteoporosis Foundation, with extensive experience and a deep understanding of bone disorders.
For patients with early signs of osteoporosis, we typically start with conservative treatment options such as medications to slow or prevent bone loss, dietary changes and supplements to boost your calcium and vitamin D levels, and targeted exercises to build back bone strength. If your condition is more advanced, you might need surgical treatment for spinal compression fractures.
To schedule your initial consultation appointment with the experts at The South Texas Fracture Prevention Clinic, part of South Texas Spinal Clinic, the only practice in Texas to be featured by the International Osteoporosis Foundation on their "Map of Best Practices," contact our offices today. You can book online, or over the phone now.