Delta Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
Orthopaedic Surgeons & Sports Medicine Clinics located in West Memphis, AR & Collierville, TN
Osteoporosis impacts the quality of life of as many as 200 million people worldwide. Delta Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine offers the only clinical access to the National Osteoporosis Foundation ambassador Jennifer Childers, PA-C, in Tennessee. At both the West Memphis, Arkansas, and Collierville, Tennessee, offices, Christy Jones, APRN, and Jennifer provide comprehensive metabolic bone health care to treat and prevent fractures and other symptoms of osteoporosis. Schedule a consultation with Jennifer in Collierville or Christy in West Memphis, today by calling the office nearest you or by booking an appointment online.
Osteoporosis Treatment Q & A
What is osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a condition where your bones become porous and weak, increasing your risk for frequent or recurrent fractures or breaks. Osteoporosis often develops as you age and your body can no longer generate enough bone to replace what’s being lost.
There are a number of factors that influence your chances of developing osteoporosis, including how much bone mass you develop in your younger years. Other factors include:
- Calcium intake
- Family history
- Hormone levels
- Lack of exercise
- Use of tobacco
You may also be at increased risk for osteoporosis if you’re female, have reached menopause, and are of Caucasian or Asian descent.
What are the symptoms of osteoporosis?
Many people have osteoporosis but aren’t aware of their condition until they fracture a bone. In addition to bone fractures, advanced osteoporosis can cause issues like:
- Loss of height
- Stooped posture
- Chronic back pain
If you have risk factors for the condition, you may benefit from an osteoporosis screening to evaluate your bone density before a fracture.
What treatments are available for osteoporosis?
As an ambassador to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, Jennifer Childers PA-C provides the latest options for treating existing bone loss and preventing the progression of osteoporosis.
Jennifer and Christy create custom treatment plans focused on your individual needs. If you’re at risk for fractures, they may prescribe bisphosphonates, a medication designed to slow down the loss of bone.
There are also bone-building medications that can stimulate your body to produce new, healthy bone. Injectable medications like Prolia® and Evenity® are available at the practice.
In some cases, especially if chronic pain results from collapsed vertebrae weakened by osteoporosis, you may need to wear a brace or even be referred to one of our spine colleagues for surgical consultation.
Jennifer and Christy will also work with you on your diet, exercise plan, and weight-loss strategies to prevent additional bone loss and fractures.
If you’re concerned that a bone fracture is the result of osteoporosis, don’t delay an evaluation. You can book an appointment at Delta Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine online or by calling the office nearest you.
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