- Body Composition Testing
- Open MRI
- Bone Health Clinic
- - Osteoporosis
- - Appointment Visits
- - Safety & Treatment
- Pediatric Orthopedics
- Spine & Pain Clinic
- Sports Medicine
- Injury Walk-In Clinic
- Kiva VCF Treatment System
- Total Ankle Replacement
- Total Hip Replacement
- Total Knee Replacement
- Minimally Invasive Procedures
- - Direct Anterior Hip Replacement
- - Direct Superior Hip Replacement
- - Hip Arthroscopy
- - Meniscal Transplant
- - Mini-Posterior Hip Replacement
- - Regenerative Orthopedics
- - PRP Therapy
- - MACI
- - IRAP
- - FloGraft
· Keep walkways and driveways clear of clutter, leaves and snow. If they are slick, walk on the grass.
· Keep everyday items within easy reach and use a long-handle grabber for items that are out of reach. Use a step stool that has hand rails for items in high places.
· Use non-skid rubber backing on area, bathroom and shower rugs or mats. Use shower seats with non-skid legs.
· Install and use handrails by the toilet, on both sides of stairways and in the shower.
· Use lights at night and place a nightlight between your bed and the light switch.
· Keep your phone with you at all times in case of an emergency. Wear a fanny pack, purse, etc. to keep your hands free.
· Shoes with rubber soles provide better traction. Wear low-heeled shoes and in the winter, wear boots.
· Use a walker or cane as needed.
· Avoid using slippery wax on floors. In public places, be cautious of polished marble or tile floors that may be slick.
Diet and Nutrition
Calcium and Vitamin D are two key nutrients in helping prevent osteoporosis. While calcium is the key building block of your bones, vitamin D helps your bones absorb the calcium. Do not take calcium and/or vitamin D supplements unless advised to do so by a health care provider, and if you are advised to take supplements, follow the recommended dosage. If your provider recommends adding more calcium and/or Vitamin D to your diet, see list below.
· Dairy products, such as milk, yogurt and cheese
· Fortified juices, cereals and oatmeal
· Salmon and sardines with bones
· Beans and legumes
· Certain nuts, such as almonds
· Dark leafy greens such as broccoli and bok choy
· Fish, such as salmon, tuna and herring
· Milk and yogurt – (whole, nonfat or reduced fat/fortified with Vitamin D)
Getting regular exercise is one of the best ways that you can strengthen your bones and prevent osteoporosis. Even if you already have osteoporosis, exercise can help maintain your bone mass. The amount of exercise your bones can handle will vary from person to person. Please visit with your primary care physician before starting an exercise regimen.
The goal of osteoporosis medication is to slow bone loss and continue to make new bone at the same pace. Notify your dentist if you are taking osteoporosis medications because some may affect healing after dental procedures.
· Slows bone loss
· Examples include calcitonin, denosumab, bisphosphonates, estrogen and estrogen agonists and antagonists
· Decreases bone loss that occurs while bones are replacing old tissue with new
· Helps to prevent worsening bone loss, which reduces the risk of fracture
· Increases the rate of bone formation
· Teriparatide (a form of parathyroid hormone) is the only medicine currently approved by the FDA
· Other similar medications are still being researched
· Builds a healthy “bone bank account” and reduces the risk of fracture
According to experts and new research, the benefits of osteoporosis drugs far outweigh the risks for many users. Click here to read more about this topic from The Wall Street Journal's article about increased support for osteoporosis drugs.