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Osteoporosis – Underdiagnosed and Dangerous

There are approximately 30 million women and 10 million men aged 50 years or older in the United States that are at risk for disabling fractures due to osteoporosis, low bone mineral density, or both. In osteoporosis, the bones lose minerals, such as calcium, and become brittle and fragile. This leads to a higher risk of breaks or cracks, even from a minor bump. While any bone can be affected, the most common bones are the hip, spine, wrist, ribs, pelvis and upper arm. Osteoporosis often goes undiagnosed until the first fracture. Once a fracture occurs, the chance for subsequent fractures is high.

The risk of osteoporosis increases with age and is more prevalent in females and those that have a family history of the disease. Other risk factors are menopause or hysterectomy, long-term steroid therapy, rheumatoid arthritis and low testosterone in men. People that drink alcohol, smoke, have poor nutrition, get insufficient exercise, or have eating disorders are also more prone to osteoporosis.

It has a higher mortality rate in men, and the risk of death is twice what it is in women, once that first bone is broken. This is because it happens later in life and the loss of mobility often leads to blood clots and a general decline in health.  

Because osteopathic physicians offer a holistic and multidimensional approach to patient evaluation, disease prevention and treatment, they are in a unique position to provide early identification and treatment of osteoporosis. Dr. Mike Quirk, DO, offers several screening tools to identify at-risk patients. He also provides a holistic, multifactorial assessment and intervention strategy to reduce the risk of fracture and improve long-term patient outcomes. In addition to helping patients learn about reducing the risk of falling, interventions include nutritional guidance, supplementation, physical exercise and osteopathic manipulative treatment.

Call to make an appointment with Dr. Quirk for your evaluation today.

Location: The Oahu Osteopathic Clinic, 1750 Kalakaua Ave., Ste. 405, Honolulu. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 808-468-2461 or visit FeelGoodOahu.com.

 

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