Currently, there is no cure for osteoporosis; however, there are several treatments available that can prevent further bone loss and improve bone strength. The main goal of treating osteoporosis is to prevent more bone loss and fractures. Medication, exercise and nutrition play a role in the treatment of osteoporosis. By following the treatment religiously, one can significantly reduce the risk of fractures.
If you are diagnosed with osteoporosis, your Doctor may recommend medications such as Bisphosphonates, Calcitonin, Hormone Replacement Therapy and other medications in accordance with your condition. There are benefits and side effects to each medication that should be discussed with your Doctor and Pharmacist.
Other treatments for osteoporosis include:
° Balanced diet rich in calcium and vitamin D
° Healthy lifestyle
Apart from getting treatment for osteoporosis, it is recommended that osteoporosis patients take precautions to manage the disease.
Reducing the risk of falls is important for osteoporosis patients in order to protect their bones. Be guided by your Doctor; however here are some general recommendations to decrease your chance of falls:
° Wear low-heeled shoes with non slip soles
° Remove hazards at home – check and look out for electrical cords, area rugs, slippery surfaces
° Keep rooms well lighted
° Install grab bars in bathroom
° Wear prescription glasses
° Consider wearing a hip protector
° Use a walking aid