Osteoporosis Specialist

Ramos Rheumatology, PC -  - Rheumatology

Ramos Rheumatology, PC

Rheumatology located in Avoca, PA

Both men and women may begin to lose bone strength as they age. This is why Julio Ramos, MD, FACR, FACP, and Tracy Sokoloski, CRNP, at Ramos Rheumatology, PC in Avoca, Pennsylvania, help their patients focus on preventing brittle bones or strengthening already weak bones. Diagnosing and treating osteoporosis is more effective earlier on when the condition is first developing. So call the office and speak to a friendly staff member or schedule an appointment today.

Osteoporosis Q & A

What causes osteoporosis?

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 you have the following risk factors:

  • A family history of osteoporosis
  • History of fractures
  • History of chronic illness, including arthritis and parathyroid disorders
  • Using 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. Schedule a consultation at Ramos Rheumatology to speak with Dr. Ramos and Ms. Sokoloski about your concerns as soon as possible.

What lifestyle changes should I make if I have osteoporosis?

Dr. Ramos and Ms. Sokoloski recommend lifestyle changes that work together with medication to help slow the progression of osteoporosis. 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

Dr. Ramos and Ms. Sokoloski offer several treatment plans depending on your unique situation. Ramos Rheumatology provides comprehensive evaluations and personalized treatment options, taking the time to get to know you for optimal care.

What type of medication treats osteoporosis?

In some cases, medication is the best option for treating osteoporosis. The medication you need depends on several factors, including how advanced the condition is and your age and sex. Dr. Ramos and Ms. Sokoloski may also suggest medication options such as:

  • 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 work closely with you to create the best treatment plan using the medication that will help you the best.

Call the Ramos Rheumatology office to speak with a friendly member of the staff or schedule an appointment today.