Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis, or thinning bones, is a serious condition that can result in tremendous pain with fractures. Most of us assume that our bones are like pieces of rocks or hard shells. However, bone is a living tissue, constantly undergoing demolition and renewal as it responds to changing forces in the environment.

Assessment of Risks of Osteoporosis:

Risk factors for osteoporosis include aging, females, low body weight, low sex hormones such as during menopause, smoking and some medications. The leading cause of osteoporosis is hormonal in both males & females. Women over age of 50 & men over 70 have higher risk for osteoporosis.

Sedentary Life Style - Perhaps the earliest contributing lifestyle factor is lack of weight-bearing exercise, as many as 20% of young and middle aged women already have an abnormal spinal curvature related to bone loss in their vertebrae, a situation that only get worse as one ages. A sedentary lifestyle reduces the constant forces that bone needs to experience in order to continue its normal process of remodeling. Studies show that both women and men who engage in regular exercise have much lower risk of osteoporosis and fracture.

The strength of the bones depends on their size and density; bone density depends on the available amounts of calcium, phosphate & other minerals. Calcium and phosphate are two minerals that are essential for normal bone formation. If you do not get enough calcium or your body does not absorb enough calcium form the diet, bone production & bone tissues may suffer.

Diagnosis

The diagnosis of osteoporosis involves a careful history, physical examination, laboratory studies, and specialized bone density testing performed by a health professional. This assessment should also include a review of ones activity level and identify ways to improve conditioning. An important part of the treatment is identifying any medical conditions or medication that may be contributing to bone loss. Other imaging techniques such as a CT scan may also be done for further evaluation.

Risk Stratification

Fracture risk estimation, using known risk factors and a clinical assessment tool, can be used to categorize patients as Low (< 10% in next 10 years), Moderate (10 - 20% in next 10 years) or High (> 20% in 10 years) fracture risk with the help of laboratory tests or DEXA scan.
The current gold standard for diagnosis of osteoporosis, the so-called DEXA scan, uses dual energy X-ray absorptiometry to determine the relative bone mineral content.

Lifestyle Modifications:

Osteoporosis management involves a combination of mediations, nutritional supplementation with diet modification, smoking cessation, and exercise therapy. The treatment of osteoporosis involves a focused rehabilitation therapy program to gradually restore adequate strength and improving overall function. People with osteoporosis or those who would like to prevent it should adopt a regular exercise program including strengthening, weight bearing and balance exercises.
Treatment Non-Drug Therapy: for all

  • Adequate daily intake of calcium and vitamin D
  • Regular weight bearing exercises
  • Stop smoking
  • Reduce alcohol intake. Intake of 3 or more units per day is detrimental to bone health and increases the risk of falling

Homoeopathy at bodhin offers relief to patients suffering from these complaints. As a Homoeopath or holistic healers we try to understand the stress in your life and how this stress is bothering you. Thus we try to understand the patient's perception of the own world. Homoeopath also understands how this affects him physical disease. In this fashion after understanding we give medicine that is indicated. In this way we treat not only osteoporosis but the whole individuals, helping body to heal itself. We don't give calcium supplement but we increase body's capacity to absorb the calcium from the food. By treating patient with homoeopathy we help body to heal itself in nature's way.

 
 

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