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Bones “Feel” Weaker? You Should Know Everything About Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a condition in which the quality and density of bones are reduced. So, your bones become weaker and stiff.

There are many common symptoms of osteoporosis. It includes, but isn’t limited to, back pain, loss of height, frequent fractures, and a bent posture. In the early stages of bone loss, you might not necessarily notice these signs. However, as the disease progresses, it gets quite severe to an extent that even a sneeze can break your affected bones.

So, even if you suspect a slight bone pain, it’s essential to visit a good orthopedic doctor in Kolkata and get checked. It might not necessarily be osteoporosis, but then it could be. Seeking proper (and timely) treatment would not only help prevent bone loss but also strengthen the weaker bones.

For diagnosis, apart from physical examination, as well as considering various risk factors, your doctor would also get you to do DEXA or Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry.

Now, depending on the reason for your osteoporosis (or its growing symptoms), as well as distinct factors, the course of action could vary. There’s a range of treatment or preventive measures your doctor might recommend.

One of the common ones includes putting you on a supplement for vitamin D. With our outdoor activities now limited and we appetizing ourselves with poor foods, most of us aren’t getting enough of “sunshine vitamin” – a type of vitamin that our body requires to effectively process the calcium and strengthen the bones. Before, however, recommending you supplements, the doctor may ask you to get 25-Hydroxy Vitamin D test done.

Expectedly, you would also be recommended to make lifestyle changes and adopt a healthier diet. You must exercise every day; even a moderate amount counts. Plus, if you’re overweight, you must take up an intensive regimen to lose weight.

With the right intervention, Osteoporosis can be dealt with effectively, ensuring you a healthier and happier life. But this calls in for proactive efforts on your end to identify the problem, get diagnosed correctly, and then take adequate measures to improve the condition.

So, if you’re experiencing any pain and discomfort in your bones and joints, don’t be reluctant to it. Visit the right doctor. “Right” is a key here; don’t Google “best knee replacement surgeon in Kestopur” and visit her/him; find someone who actually specializes in osteoporosis.

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