Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become weak and brittle, or porous, as the density and quality of bones are reduced. Naturally, the body is constantly absorbing and replacing bone tissue because bones are living tissue, but with osteoporosis, new bone creation doesn’t keep up with old bone removal, causing the porous bones.
Osteoporosis typically has no symptoms and only becomes diagnosed when patients have bone fractures because the loss of bone occurs silently and progressively. Once bones have been weakened by osteoporosis, patients might have signs and symptoms that include back pain (caused by a fractured or collapsed vertebra), loss of height overtime, stooped or bad posture and bones that break more easily than usual.
Osteoporosis-related fractures most commonly occur in the hip, wrist or spine and can affect men and women, but older women who are past menopause are at the highest risk.
Risk factor (fixed): we have no control over those risks
Risk Factors (modifiable): we have control over making changes to lower our risks
There are many steps in preventing osteoporosis. Medications, healthy diet and weight-bearing exercises can help prevent bone loss and/or can strengthen already weak bones.
Good nutrition and regular exercise are essential for keeping your bones healthy throughout your life.
Our highly trained clinical pharmacists are available to discuss healthy bone lifestyle, explain calcium and vitamin D recommendations, counsel on osteoporosis pharmacologic therapies and more. We can also provide accessories for patients with osteoporosis like walkers, canes and specific shoes.
With over 25 years of combined experience, our team includes an Advanced Practice Pharmacist, a Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist, and expert staff members who are all dedicated to helping patients achieve their health goals. With their vast knowledge and experience in working with patients of all ages, we’re here to ensure all of our patients are well taken care of.