Osteoporosis in Houston, TX
Osteoporosis is a condition that makes your bones weak. As a result, you are more likely to have bone fractures when you fall. At North Cypress Women’s Center, board-certified (gynecological) surgeon, Dr. Farhina Imtiaz offers osteoporosis treatments for men and women in Houston and the surrounding areas of Texas, including Cypress, Sugarland, and Katy.
What is Osteoporosis?
Your bones are constantly going through a process during which bone tissue breaks down and is replaced with new bone tissue. Osteoporosis describes a condition where the amount of bone that is being lost is far greater than the amount of new bone tissue being produced. Over time, the bones are weakened and more prone to fractures.
The condition primarily affects women, but men are also at risk for developing osteoporosis. In addition to gender, other risk factors are:
- Women who are menopausal
- White or Asian women
- Poor diet and exercise
- Underweight women
- Women with family history of osteoporosis
- Women with previous hysterectomy especially if accompanied by removal of ovaries
North Cypress Women’s Center offers services for osteoporosis that will help prevent the disease, minimize bone loss and reduce symptoms. We also teach men and women body mechanics that reduce the likelihood of a fracture should they experience a fall. Osteoporosis prevention includes:
- Eating foods, that promote bone health
- Using supplements
- Using exercises that minimize fall risk, strengthen bones and prevent bone loss
- Avoiding activities that increase risk of falls
- Hormone replacement therapy
Osteoporosis Treatment Benefits
Treatment for osteoporosis is a preventive measure that protects you from serious fractures that can lead to disabilities and a significantly reduced quality of life. Fractures that most often occur due to osteoporosis are:
- Hip fractures after falling that leave a person unable to walk, stand or sit. In the most severe cases of hip fractures, patients are restricted to their beds for extended periods of time. Hip fractures also place you at greater risk for falls, which can lead to additional hip fractures.
- Spinal fractures that affect posture, mobility, and chronic back pain.
- General fractures caused by weakened bones. In advanced osteoporosis, the bones are so brittle that fractures occur when performing routine tasks, such as coughing or bending over.
What Areas are Affected by Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis affects every bone in the body, and you can fracture any one or several bones. The most common way that people with osteoporosis fracture their bones is due to a fall. This is why most fractures affect the spine, hips, and wrists.
How is Osteoporosis Treated?
Dr. Imtiaz approaches osteoporosis treatment with two goals in mind:
- Minimize bone loss
- Reduce the likelihood of a fracture
Controlling bone loss is typically achieved with medications. Minimizing the risk of a fracture involves physical therapy to improve balance, coordination and body mechanics. Dr. Imtiaz may also recommend osteoporosis prevention measures if the early signs of the condition are discovered, but treatment is not medically necessary. She may recommend:
- Increasing your activity level and exercise routinely
- Taking vitamin D and/or calcium supplements
- Natural bioidentical hormone therapy
Osteoporosis Treatment Preparation
Dr. Imtiaz will perform a bone density test to determine if you are likely to experience a fracture within the next 10 years. Based on her findings, she will develop a course of treatment or recommend preventive measures to protect your body from bone loss.
Osteoporosis Treatment Recovery
Osteoporosis recovery can be a long journey, especially if you suffer a fracture. We recommend that you be patient with your body as it recovers. Over time, you will see a gradual improvement in your strength and coordination, and you will feel more confident.
How Much Does Osteoporosis Treatment Cost in Houston?
Treatment for osteoporosis is covered by medical insurance. You will have a co-payment, deductible and co-insurance amount. Payment for your portion of the cost can be made by cash, major credit card, and CareCredit® financing.
Is Osteoporosis Treatment Right for Me?
Clinical guidelines recommend that women be screened for osteoporosis by 65 years old and men by 70 years old. Your primary physician may recommend a screening earlier than the guidelines. This most often occurs when risk is higher or when signs of the condition are noted.
An osteoporosis consultation at North Cypress Women’s Center gives you the knowledge and tools you need to protect your body from the damaging effects of bone loss. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Imtiaz to learn more about osteoporosis.
Board-certified (gynecological) surgeon, Dr. Farhina Imtiaz specializes in osteoporosis prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. The condition affects men and women in Houston and surrounding areas of Texas, including Cypress, Sugarland, and Katy. You can take measures to reduce your risk of bone loss and fractures by calling North Cypress Women’s Center today, and scheduling a consultation.