We consider bone health a relatively new “field” in medicine. At one time, they thought bones were static lumps of calcium – now we know they are living and dynamic structures that require care, like all other parts of our body.
To keep the bones in the body — the musculoskeletal system — healthy, there must be a balance between adequate nutrition and activity. Often, at least one (if not both) of these aspects is lacking in our daily lives, and our bones suffer because of it.
When our bones suffer, we also suffer. Hip fractures, wrist fractures, shoulder fractures and spine-compression fractures are the most common breaks that occur as we get older. We often refer these fractures to as “insufficiency” fractures because they occur because of the bone's insufficient amount of calcium to withstand a fall.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is the condition of the bone that has lost its density because of a lack of calcium and other nutrients that are important for bone health. Osteoporosis is not reversible–once they have diagnosed you with osteoporosis, you will always have bone density below what is normal.
The goal of osteoporosis treatment is preventative–we want to prevent further loss of bone and keep the other parts of the musculoskeletal system strong to prevent falls and injuries.
Our practice has focused intently on this significant issue. Discussions about bone health have become a normal part of our treatments, as we've started recommending various steps patients can take to determine or monitor bone density and available osteoporosis treatment methods.