Bone Loss

Below you will find more information about Bone Loss from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Bone Loss it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Bone Loss and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Bone Loss comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Bone loss occurs when the bones become weak and brittle, usually due to low levels of minerals, phosphorus, and calcium in the body. Bone loss is closely associated with osteoporosis and is more common among women.

Diagnosis

Bone loss can be detected with the following diagnostic tests and procedures: dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA); ultrasound; and quantitative computerized tomography (CT) scanning.

Treatment

Bone loss and osteoporosis may be treated with hormone therapy as well as certain prescription drugs such as bisphosphonates, raloxifene, calcitonin, teriparatide, and tamoxifen. Some physical therapy programs have also demonstrated some success in reducing back pain, improving posture, reducing risks of further complications, and alleviating other osteoporosis symptoms.

Symptoms and Signs

In its early stages, bone loss may occur without pain or any other physical symptoms. However, if bones become porous or brittle due to osteoporosis, the following symptoms may arise: loss of height over time; visibly stooped posture; mild to severe back pain; plus fracture of the wrists, vertebrae, hips, or other bones.

Causes

Bone loss is usually caused by insufficient levels of calcium, phosphorus, and other minerals in the body, all of which contribute to bone strength and density. When bones lack these essential minerals, they weaken and eventually lose their internal supporting structure.

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