Osteoporosis - Diagnosis & Treatment

Osteoporosis, also known as "brittle bone disease," is a condition that weakens your bones, making them more susceptible to fractures. It often progresses silently, with no symptoms until a fracture occurs.  While more common in older adults, osteoporosis can affect people of all ages. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent or manage osteoporosis and maintain strong, healthy bones throughout your life.

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Diagnosing Osteoporosis

A bone density scan or dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) is the most common and reliable way to diagnose osteoporosis and predict bone fracture risks. A DXA scan is a quick, non-invasive, and painless test that uses a low-energy x-ray beam to scan fracture-prone areas such as the hips and spine.

The scan measures bone mineral density (BMD), to which is assigned a T-score. A T-score of 1 or higher indicates healthy bone. A score between -1 and -2.5 means you have osteopenia, a less severe form of osteoporosis. Bones scoring below -2.5 may have osteoporosis.

The doctor may enrich the diagnosis with a thorough physical exam and an assessment of your lifestyle habits, diet and medical history.

There’s no room for guesswork when it comes to osteoporosis diagnosis. Our experts are equipped with modern bone density scanners that produce accurate and detailed results every time. Besides the scan, we’ll also explain what the results mean and design a treatment plan that works specifically for you.


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Osteoporosis Treatments that Work

While it’s not possible to fully restore worn-down bones, there are medications you can take and lifestyle changes you can make to help protect and strengthen your bones. These work by slowing down the rate of bone loss and promoting tissue repair and growth in thinning bones.

Depending on the extent of bone loss and the underlying cause, your osteoporosis treatment options may include:


Bisphosphonates such as risedronate and zoledronic acid are the most widely prescribed drugs for the treatment of osteoporosis. They strengthen bones, slow down bone loss, and prevent fractures. These are long-term drugs taken either orally or intravenously for several months or years.

An alternative to bisphosphonates is denosumab, which produces the same, if not better, results.


Hormonal Therapy

Hormone-related osteoporosis can be treated with hormonal drugs. In the case of women, oestrogen or substances that mimic oestrogen can be administered to combat bone loss during early menopause. Similarly, hypogonadism, a condition in which the male body doesn’t produce enough testosterone, can be addressed via testosterone replacement therapy.

Also, drugs that mimic the functions of parathyroid hormone (PTH) can be used to stimulate bone growth.


Dietary supplementation

If you’re not getting enough calcium or vitamin D from your diet, the doctor may recommend supplementing your daily intake of these essential nutrients. Adults need about 700 mg of calcium and 10 micrograms of vitamin D daily


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