Story by: Sara Thompson on December 12, 2022
When was the last time you thought about your bone health or wondered, “Do I have osteoporosis?” Most of us need strong bones to keep up with our everyday activities, and we don’t ask, “Are my bones healthy?” until it’s too late. This is osteoporosis awareness month, so let’s dive in to all things bone health-related.
Osteoporosis (also known as brittle bone disease) makes bones brittle and weak. The issue is that osteoporosis often has no symptoms and is discovered only after a quick twist or sudden fall results in broken bones or severe pain.
Typically, our bones regenerate, so new bone cells replace the old. With osteoporosis, you can either lose bone mass too quickly or not rebuild bone mass fast enough to keep up with what is lost — sometimes both. All of this can happen without the person experiencing osteoporosis ever feeling a thing. In fact, the U.S. surgeon general has identified osteoporosis as a major public health issue, because many people are not diagnosed with osteoporosis until they’ve had their first fracture.
“It’s important to know if you are at risk for osteoporosis or other bone diseases,” said Robin G. Curry, M.D., orthopedic sports medicine physician with Norton Orthopedic Institute. “If we can identify and care for people who might be at risk before they fall or break a bone, we can make a difference in staving off the effects of osteoporosis.”
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There is no cure for osteoporosis, but there are things you can do to lower your risk and potentially keep the symptoms of osteoporosis at bay.
“There are tests we can do to see how healthy your bones are, and there are medicines and supplements we can have you take to prevent or manage osteoporosis,” Dr. Curry said. Norton Healthcare also participates in Own the Bone through a robust bone health program for the community.
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