Osteoporosis - Bone Loss in Tarzana, CA
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What Is Osteoporosis?
As people age, the weakening of bones, known as osteoporosis, becomes a significant concern for both men and women. This condition is characterized by a gradual decline in bone density and mass, leading to thinner, more fragile bones that are highly susceptible to fractures. Although advancing age is a primary risk factor, other factors such as being female, having a small frame, smoking, and having a family history of osteoporosis can also increase the likelihood of developing the condition.
In addition to these factors, the parathyroid glands also play a crucial role in bone health. The parathyroid glands are small, pea-sized glands located in the neck near the thyroid gland. These glands produce a hormone called parathyroid hormone (PTH), which helps regulate calcium levels in the body. Calcium is essential for maintaining bone health, and PTH plays a vital role in ensuring that the body has adequate levels of calcium. When the parathyroid glands produce too much PTH, a condition known as hyperparathyroidism can occur. This excess PTH can lead to increased bone resorption where calcium is released from the bones into the bloodstream. Over time, this can contribute to a loss of bone density and increase the risk of osteoporosis.
At Yehuda Handelsman, M.D., we offer a comprehensive range of services, advanced diagnostic technologies, and medical expertise necessary for the effective treatment and management of osteoporosis. We welcome you to schedule a visit at our Tarzana, CA practice where you can receive trusted care for osteoporosis, ensuring better health for your future. You and Dr. Handelsman can create a highly customized treatment plan that corresponds with your medical history and lifestyle.
How Is Osteoporosis Diagnosed and Treated?
Dr. Handelsman may diagnose a calcium disorder with a combination of medical history assessment, physical exam, laboratory tests, and imaging studies. Blood tests may be ordered to test for evaluating calcium levels, parathyroid hormone levels, and Vitamin D levels. An x-ray may be utilized to diagnose osteoporosis or a bone disorder.
Osteoporosis treatment options may encompass joint injections or other medications, hormone therapy, weight-bearing exercises, vitamin and mineral supplements, and additional therapies to enhance bone strength. These remedies often prove advantageous as they aid in reducing and managing inflammation, alleviating discomfort arising from bone-on-bone friction, and providing pain relief.
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At Yehuda Handelsman, M.D. in Tarzana, CA, we provide assistance in identifying whether you are experiencing a progressive disorder and offer effective strategies to mitigate its impact on your health. Dr. Handelsman presents a range of treatment options for you to explore, ensuring that your specific requirements are met. In cases of broken or fractured bones, a more proactive approach to treatment may be necessary. Schedule an appointment today to consult with Dr. Handelsman, and develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs.