While there’s no cure for osteoporosis, the team at NJ Spine and Wellness understands how much it can affect your day-to-day life.

The bones in your body are comprised of living tissue; as this tissue breaks down, it’s constantly replaced with new material. When you’re suffering from osteoporosis, your bones can’t rebuild fast enough, leading to them becoming brittle, porous, and less dense. Over time, this condition can weaken the bones and lead to fractures, breaks, and more.

Not only can it cause a change in your posture and pain in your lower back, but it can even lead to shortness of breath and a loss of height. If you have osteoporosis, schedule a consultation at one of our locations throughout New Jersey, in:

What Causes Osteoporosis?

As you age, your body can’t produce enough bone to keep up with the rate of loss; in fact, you have the highest bone mass in your 20s and it begins to decrease from there. In addition to older people, women are also at a higher risk of osteoporosis because they generally have thinner bones than men. While the estrogen can help protect women’s bones, those who are going through menopause can experience a more rapid breakdown of their bone matter.

Ther causes of osteoporosis include:

  • Malnutrition
  • Diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and multiple myeloma
  • Smoking
  • Medications like steroids and anti-seizure medicines

Osteoporosis Fractures

Osteoporosis typically occurs without any symptoms but can cause fractures and other bone breaks. An osteoporotic fracture is a result of the bones being too fragile to withstand certain impacts due to lack of bone density, bone weakness, and their level of deterioration. Osteoporosis fractures can happen from minimal trauma, like a strain, fall, bump, or even by everyday activities like bending or twisting. In the case of an osteoporosis fracture, you’ll typically feel severe pain along the spine and should contact your NJ Spine and Wellness osteoporosis doctor immediately.

Osteoporosis of the Spine

To determine if you have osteoporosis of the spine — also known as spinal osteoporosis — an NJ Spine and Wellness specialist can perform a test to determine if you’re at risk for further injury or fracture. Known as a bone density test, or densitometer, this type of examination uses x-ray technology to observe the amount of energy absorbed by a bone and identify its level of density. Soe of the different types of osteoporosis tests we use at NJ Spine and Wellness might include:

  • Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA)
  • Quantitative computerized tomography (QCT)
  • Quantitative ultrasound (QUS)
  • Peripheral dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (pDXA)
  • Peripheral quantitative computerized tomography (pQCT)

Osteoporosis Treatment Options

There are numerous treatments to cope with the loss of bone density that accompanies osteoporosis. Aside from lifestyle changes like weight-bearing, resistance, and balance exercises, medications and supplements can be used to treat the condition, including:

  • Hormone therapy
  • Biphosphates and other antiresorptive drugs
  • Anabolic drugs
  • Biologics

Contact Us for More Information

Are you curious if your bones have been weakened by osteoporosis? A doctor from NJ Spine and Wellness can help you make the determination, as well as devise a plan to help you Get Better Faster. Our team of osteoporosis specialists is committed to your bone health and can recommend the necessary lifestyle changes to allow you to live your life without worrying about fractures or other issues caused by this condition. For more information or to speak with an osteoporosis doctor, schedule a consultation at one of our locations in East Brunswick, Freehold, Matawan, or Old Bridge today.