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?
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.
- 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.
- 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
Treatments are typically tailored to a patient’s specific medical needs and lifestyle.
- Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
- Calcium & Vitamin D supplements