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How is osteoporosis treated?

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Bone-maintenance drugs help maintain bone density and can lower fracture risk. If you start taking one, be sure your doctor knows about all other medicines you are on. Some drugs can affect the bones, and your doctor may want to switch you to another drug or adjust the dose.

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can prevent and treat osteoporosis. However, research has shown that HRT raises the odds of breast cancer , heart disease, and stroke in some women.

From: Osteoporosis: An Overview WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health: "The Surgeon General’s Report on Bone Health and Osteoporosis: What It Means to You."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Low Back Pain" and "Osteoporosis and Spinal Fractures."

Chad Deal, MD, head, Center for Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone Disease, Cleveland Clinic. Deal reports serving as an advisor, consultant or speaker for Amgen and Lilly, which make osteoporosis drugs.

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "About Osteoporosis: Moving Safely;" "Calcium/Vitamin D," "What Is Osteoporosis," "Recovering from Broken Bones;" "Factors to Consider When Choosing a Treatment;" "About Osteoporosis: Bone Health Basics;" "Why Healthy Living is Important;" "Factors That Put You At Risk;" "Vitamin D and Bone Health; "Diagnosing Osteoporosis;" and "Fast Facts."

Sherri Betz, PT, physical therapist, Santa Cruz, Ca.; chair, American Physical Therapy Association Bone Health Special Interest Group.

Lenchik, L. , October 2004. American Journal of Roentgenology

National Institutes of Health: ''Osteoporosis Handout on Health."

American Society for Surgery of the Hand: "Wrist Fractures."

News release, FDA.  

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 28, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health: "The Surgeon General’s Report on Bone Health and Osteoporosis: What It Means to You."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Low Back Pain" and "Osteoporosis and Spinal Fractures."

Chad Deal, MD, head, Center for Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone Disease, Cleveland Clinic. Deal reports serving as an advisor, consultant or speaker for Amgen and Lilly, which make osteoporosis drugs.

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "About Osteoporosis: Moving Safely;" "Calcium/Vitamin D," "What Is Osteoporosis," "Recovering from Broken Bones;" "Factors to Consider When Choosing a Treatment;" "About Osteoporosis: Bone Health Basics;" "Why Healthy Living is Important;" "Factors That Put You At Risk;" "Vitamin D and Bone Health; "Diagnosing Osteoporosis;" and "Fast Facts."

Sherri Betz, PT, physical therapist, Santa Cruz, Ca.; chair, American Physical Therapy Association Bone Health Special Interest Group.

Lenchik, L. , October 2004. American Journal of Roentgenology

National Institutes of Health: ''Osteoporosis Handout on Health."

American Society for Surgery of the Hand: "Wrist Fractures."

News release, FDA.  

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 28, 2019

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