Sean Brimacombe, MD is a board certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in treating Osteoporosis. He treats new and established cases of osteoporosis.  Often times, people don’t know they have osteoporosis until they sustain a fracture. Recognizing the signs and risks factors is important to getting a handle on this common debilitating chronic disease. Who better to manage and care for a patient with osteoporosis (a bone disease) than a bone doctor?

Osteoporosis Management

What is Osteoporosis?


Osteoporosis is a common bone disorder that occurs from loss of bone mass. It is a debilitating chronic disease that makes a person’s bones weak and puts them at a higher risk of sustaining a fracture. It affects both men and women mainly over the age of 50. While it is unknown what exactly causes osteoporosis there are many factors that can lead to the bone disease.

Risk Factors:

  • Age: The older you are the lower your total bone mass and the greater the risk of developing osteoporosis.
  • Heredity: A family history as well as ethnicity can increase your risk
  • Nutrition & Lifestyle: Low calcium & Vitamin D intake, inactive lifestyle
  • Smoking & high alcohol intake
  • Long term use of certain medications (i.e. prednisone)
  • Chronic disorders such as: anorexia nervosa, malabsorption syndromes including celiac diseases and Crohn’s disease, chronic liver disease, primary hyperparathyroidism, Cushing’s syndrome, arthritis, etc
  • Frequent falls or balance issues




How common is Osteoporosis?


One in 3 women and 1 in 5 men over the age of 50 will suffer an osteoporotic fracture. It is one of the most common and debilitating chronic diseases, and a global healthcare problem. The most common locations of fractures are the hip, spine and wrist.




How do I know if I have Osteoporosis?


Unfortunately osteoporosis has no obvious symptoms other than possible frequent bone fractures. It is important to see a doctor if one or more of the risk factors apply to you. A physician will determine if you have osteoporosis by looking at your medical history including any recent fractures followed by a bone mineral density (BMD) test.

Prevention:

  • Regular physical activity and exercise
  • Healthy eating habits from childhood through adulthood
  • Adequate calcium & vitamin D intake daily
  • Live a healthy lifestyle by eating healthy, limiting alcohol consumption and not smoking.
  • Be aware of any personal risk factors that may affect your bone health and notify your doctor

Treatment options:

Treatments are typically tailored to a patient’s specific medical needs and lifestyle.

  • Medication
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
  • Calcium & Vitamin D supplements





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