Osteoporosis, also known as “brittle bone disease,” is characterized by low bone strength, which makes bones weak and more likely to fracture. Statistics show that more than 50 million Americans have low bone mass or osteoporosis, 80% of them being women.
Osteoporosis is the leading cause of fracture in our aging population. Falling from a standing position or a bone cracking from normal pressure is often an indicative sign of weakness due to osteoporosis. If you have had a fracture, you should discuss your condition with a health care provider specialized in rheumatology to determine if the cause may be osteoporosis.
There are two types of Osteoporosis that occur when calcium and phosphate minerals are imbalanced and new bone formation cannot be achieved correctly.
The following examples are other risk factors associated with Osteoporosis.
Successful bone health management requires a comprehensive treatment approach for each patient. The Osteoporosis Centers of the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute in Bannockburn, Morton Grove and Des Plaines focus on low bone mass risks for all patients. We use state-of-the-art Bone Density Scan (DXA) and Vertebral Fracture Analyses (VFA) instruments to accurately determine your risks of osteoporosis throughout the body. Our rheumatologists and diagnostic imaging technicians work closely to discuss your exam results and apply the best treatment options.
Osteoporosis symptoms can include:
The following are examples of osteoporosis treatment recommended and performed by IBJI physicians.