While there is no cure for osteoporosis, many different medications have been developed to help slow progression of the disease, and help prevent broken bones.
Upon an osteoporosis diagnosis, patients should talk to their doctors about taking medication, in conjunction with certain modifications to their diet and exercise routines to slow the progression of the disease as much as possible.
Like many medications, osteoporosis medications can cause significant side effects, such as bone pain and esophagus problems.
Therefore, it is extremely important for patients to discuss with their physician any side effects they are experiencing while taking the medication, as they may need to switch prescriptions for optimal benefit and quality of life.
It is also important for patients to get regular bone density screenings while taking medications for osteoporosis to make sure the treatment is working.
Individuals, especially post-menopausal women, who have fractured or broken a bone should also talk to their doctor about bone density screening, as they may have osteoporosis or the developing stages of the disease.
The earlier treatment begins, the better the outcome.
Fortunately, Cone Health has an exceptional network of primary care physicians, orthopedic specialists and other related healthcare providers dedicated to educating individuals throughout the community about bone health and providing the best possible treatment for bone disease, such as osteoporosis
Dr. Michael Menz is an orthopedic surgeon at Kernodle Clinic in Burlington and a member of the Cone Health medical staff.
Dr. Menz earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 1989.
He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Kansas - Wichita Orthopaedic Surgery Program in 1994.