Quality of life is important. Helping patients avoid fractures and maintain their quality of life is why Bienville Orthopaedic Specialists created The Osteoporosis Center of Bienville Orthopaedic Specialists. At the Osteoporosis Center, our priority is the importance of being proactive for our patients.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones lose mass and become porous, making them subject to painful fractures. Osteoporosis dramatically increases a person’s risk of fractures and is responsible for more than 1 million fractures each year in the United States. Osteoporotic fractures include spinal fractures and devastating hip fractures. Hip fractures are the number two reason for nursing home admissions. Osteoporosis can be prevented and/or treated if detected.
Numerous factors affect osteoporosis, including menopause, hormonal disorders, diet, smoking, medications, and various medical conditions. Typically, an osteoporosis diagnosis is not made until after a fracture occurs. Early diagnosis and treatment, however, can significantly reduce –even reverse– the effects of osteoporosis and prevent additional fractures. The reduction of fracture can significantly improve one’s quality of life and even prevent early death.
Osteoporosis prevention and treatment is not always as simple as just taking extra calcium. The Center’s medical director, Dr. Bob Terrell, utilizes the latest treatment techniques to prevent and treat osteoporosis. Treatment ranges from simple lifestyle changes to intravenous pharmaceuticals.