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About Osteoporosis

 

Understanding and Managing Osteoporosis: A Guide for Adults Focusing on Secondary Prevention of Fragility Fractures

Osteoporosis is a bone disease that weakens the bones, making them fragile and more likely to break. It's especially important for individuals who have already experienced a fragility fracture to prevent further fractures. Here's what you need to know about osteoporosis and how to manage it to prevent subsequent fractures.

 

Osteoporosis: What Is It?

Osteoporosis involves the progressive loss of bone density and deterioration of bone tissue. This leads to increased bone fragility and risk of fractures, particularly of the hip, spine, and wrist.

 

Importance of Secondary Prevention in Osteoporosis

Once you've had one fragility fracture, your risk of having another is increased. This is why secondary prevention—taking steps to prevent further fractures—is critical. Subsequent fractures can lead to chronic pain, disability, loss of independence, and even increased risk of death.

 

Diagnosing Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is often diagnosed with a bone density scan, also known as dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA). This test measures the amount of bone mineral content in certain areas of the body, allowing your doctor to detect osteoporosis and determine your risk for fractures.

 

Managing Osteoporosis for Secondary Prevention

Management strategies to prevent subsequent fractures include:

 

Medication: Certain medications can slow bone loss, increase bone density, and reduce fracture risk. Your doctor can recommend the most appropriate medication for your situation.

 

Lifestyle changes: A balanced diet rich in calcium and vitamin D, regular weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercises, avoiding alcohol and tobacco, and maintaining a healthy weight are crucial for bone health.

 

Fall prevention: Minimise your risk of falls by making your environment safer. This can include removing tripping hazards, installing grab bars, and improving lighting in your home.

 

Living With Osteoporosis

Living with osteoporosis involves taking good care of your bones. Regular check-ups with your healthcare provider, adherence to prescribed medications, and a healthy lifestyle are crucial.

 

Remember, osteoporosis is a manageable condition, and a fracture is a clear sign that you need to take action. If you have any concerns about osteoporosis, please reach out to us. We're here to support you on your journey to better bone health.