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Osteoporosis prevention includes a diet rich in calcium, natural sunlight for vitamin D, weightbearing activities and exercises, and avoiding prolonged use of medications, such as steroids, that decrease bone quality. Patient should have a bone density test every 2 years after the age of 65. Depending on the scores, the patient may be prescribed an osteoporosis medication to maintain or regrow bone quality. There are also some medications that are hormone-like that are used in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis. Medication treatment options for severe osteoporosis can potentially rebuild bone and prevent fracture. These types of medications normally require injections either monthly or daily. Most osteoporosis medications require routine lab work and monitoring by a physician.
We can advise patients on how to prevent, as well as treat osteoporosis.
We’re equipped to treat osteoporosis and any additional conditions that develop as a result of bone loss.
Dr. Toumbis completed a fellowship at Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Spine Institute.
We’re affiliated with the North American Spine Society, keeping current on advances in spinal health.
Before your first visit, you will complete an osteoporosis questionnaire that will go over any prior treatments and testing that you may have already had performed. This will help our providers complete a customized treatment plan for you.
It is highly recommended that patients with osteoporosis complete a home assessment checklist for fall hazards. Chairs should be without wheels, have armrests and be of proper height. Consider installing securely fastened grab bars for toilet and tubs for transfers. Remove all throw rugs. Beds should be of appropriate height to allow for safe transfers. Floors should be nonslip and free of clutter.