Osteoporosis Specialist in Avoca, PA
Both men and women may begin to lose bone strength as they age. This is why Dr. Julio Ramos and Tracy Sokoloski, CRNP, at Ramos Rheumatology, PC help their patients focus on preventing brittle bones or strengthening already weak bones.
Diagnosing and treating osteoporosis is more effective in the earliest stages of the condition, so don’t hesitate. Call the office and speak to a friendly staff member or schedule an appointment today.
FAQs on Osteoporosis:
What is osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a disease during which your bones gradually lose their density, becoming brittle and prone to breaking. While the exact cause of osteoporosis is unknown, there are a number of potential causes and multiple contributing factors. You’re more likely to develop osteoporosis if any of these apply to you:
- A family history of osteoporosis
- History of fractures
- History of chronic illness, including arthritis and parathyroid disorders
- Certain medications, including long-term steroid use
- Cigarette smoking
- High level of alcohol consumption
- Vitamin D deficiency
- Calcium deficiency
The risk of osteoporosis increases after age 40 and increases again after age 60. Women are more likely than men to develop osteoporosis because of estrogen loss that occurs during menopause.
How can I find short-term osteoporosis pain relief?
At Ramos Rheumatology, Dr. Ramos recommends several lifestyle changes that can, together with medication, help slow the progression of osteoporosis and prevent painful fractures. These changes include:
- Weight loss if necessary
- Healthy diet
- Daily supplements like vitamin D
- Regular exercise, including weight-bearing exercises
- Avoiding excessive alcohol consumption
- Quitting smoking
What is the best treatment for osteoporosis?
The best treatment for osteoporosis of the spine, hip and wrists is often medication. Dr. Ramos will prescribe your medication depending on several factors, including how advanced the condition is, your age and your sex. Some of your medication options include:
- Bisphosphonate medications like Fosamax®, Actonel®, Boniva®, and Reclast® to increase bone density
- Estrogen agonists/antagonists or hormone therapy for menopausal women
- Calcitonin medications such as Fortical® and Miacalcin® to replace the hormone that helps regulate calcium levels in your blood
- Teriparatide (Forteo®) and abaloparatide (Tymlos®) to help rebuild lost bone if you have a very low bone density
There are also a number of other osteoporosis medications available today. Dr. Ramos and Ms. Sokoloski will work closely with you to create the best treatment plan using the medication that will meet your individual care needs.