Osteoporosis affects millions of women and men in the United States. Usually, the condition isn’t detected until you’ve experienced a debilitating fracture. At Florida StemCell MD, serving patients in Fort Lauderdale and Oakland Park, Florida, board-certified anesthesiologist and interventional pain management physician Neel Amin, MD, offers revolutionary regenerative treatment to help you reduce the susceptibility of fractures and supplement lost bone density. To learn more about osteoporosis management and treatment, call to set up a consultation or book online today.
Your risk of developing osteoporosis increases with age. Other risk factors include genetics, diet, hormones, and lifestyle. Women are at the greatest risk; they start losing bone at an earlier age and at a faster rate than men. By age 50, women have a four times greater risk of developing osteoporosis compared to men.
Specific factors that increase your risk of osteoporosis include:
Some medications, when used chronically, may also contribute to osteoporosis. These include thyroid hormone, steroid, and certain anticonvulsants.
Osteoporosis leads to 1.5 million fractures per year in the United States. Most of these occur in the spine, hip, and wrist. Hip fractures are the most devastating and lead to more than 300,000 hospitalizations each year.
A special type of X-ray, called a DEXA scan, evaluates your bone density and diagnoses you with osteopenia (weakening bones) or full-blown osteoporosis. These conditions don’t often have outward symptoms and don’t show up unless you have this preventive screening or suffer a fracture.
Several prescription drugs can preserve or increase bone mass and maintain your bone quality, thus reducing your risk of fracture. They’re associated with several side effects, however, and don’t work for everyone.
Dr. Amin offers regenerative medicine treatments for osteoporosis, including stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections.
Stem cells can morph into the type of cells your body needs to heal. When applied to those with osteoporosis, they increase in number and morph to become bone-forming cells, potentially increasing your bone density or at least mitigating bone loss.
PRP is a sample of your blood that’s spun in a centrifuge to concentrate the healing factors. It’s effective in treating osteoporotic fractures by encouraging your body to produce more bone cells and remodel injury.
To learn more about how regenerative medicine can help you manage osteoporosis and heal from fractures, call Florida StemCell MD or book an appointment online today.