Reversing Menopausal Osteoporosis
Reversing Menopausal Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis and its consequences—loss of bone density leading to frailty of the bones and increased chances of fractures. In our case, the actual loss of bone density is due to a severe hormonal imbalance brought on by menopause.
And, this is where it gets interesting, especially with regards to all the new forms of treatments available to minimize the consequences of this debilitating condition.
Conventional osteoporosis treatments vary from surgery (when a fracture occurs) to physical therapy, painkillers as well as vitamin and mineral supplements used in the hope of making up for the loss in bone density. Surgery is of course more than necessary and should never be ignored if you think you may have broken one of your bones.
Besides the obvious pain, untreated fractures can have serious consequences and lead to severe complications. Mobility problems and chronic pain are one of the most frequent complications resulting from a broken bone.
Breaking bones are usually very painful, so anyone sustaining this kind of injury couldn’t stand the pain for more than a few days but in some cases, the skeletal frame can play tricks on someone whose pain threshold is low.
This is why it’s important to get regular check-ups if you think that you may be at risk of developing osteoporosis in the first place, and then seek emergency treatments if you think that you may have broken one or several bones.
Painkillers are mainly used to treat the pain associated with a fracture since osteoporosis itself isn’t painful. The same applies to physical therapy, which is used to help a patient who has sustained a broken bone regain some mobility and strength.
Finally, vitamins and mineral supplements have been given to patients for many years to try and make up for the calcium deficiency primarily, as well as limit the progression of the disease.
However, supplementing your body with extra vitamins and minerals (especially D vitamin and calcium) is not a treatment as such, and can only do so much to help keep the effects of the condition at bay.
All of these treatments haven’t proven effective enough to warrant them the official title of “effective treatment methods” to prevent bone loss as well as limit mobility problems from occurring at such young age.
Endocrinologists will tell you that hormone issues are complicated to treat in general and yet, they play such an important role. They regulate most of our bodily functions and therefore it’s paramount to find, and most importantly, keep the right balance between the different kinds of hormones. And, this applies to post-menopausal osteoporosis too.
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