Explore Treatment Options for Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become brittle and fragile, making them more likely to break. The bones most affected by this condition are the hips, spine and wrists.
At UPMC, our providers are experienced in providing care for patients with osteoporosis in Williamsport, Wellsboro, and the surrounding areas of PA. To experience personalized and compassionate care, Find a Provider at UPMC.
Symptoms of Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is often referred to as a silent disease because many people with the condition have no symptoms. Some people may experience pain in their bones and muscles, especially in their back.
Other osteoporosis symptoms include:
- Spine deformity
- Loss of height over time
- Bone fractures that occur frequently
- Stooped posture
Bone fractures can occur as a result of osteoporosis.
Causes of Osteoporosis
While both men and women can get osteoporosis, estrogen deficiency is one of the top causes of bone loss in women during and after menopause. Women can lose up to 20 percent of their bone mass five to seven years following menopause. This may contribute to the onset of osteoporosis.
Other contributing risk factors for osteoporosis include:
- Body weight
- Race: Caucasian and Asian women are most at risk
- Lack of physical activity
- Excessive alcohol use
- Smoking habits
- Dietary calcium and vitamin D deficiency
- Eating disorders
- Gastrointestinal surgery
- Steroids and other medications
- Family history of bone disease
Treatment of Osteoporosis
Diagnostic procedures, like a bone density test, may be used to determine whether an individual has osteoporosis. The most widely prescribed osteoporosis medications are bisphosphonates.
- Alendronate (Fosamax)
- Risedronate (Actonel, Atelvia)
- Ibandronate (Boniva)
- Zoledronic acid (Reclast)
If common osteoporosis medications don’t work, your doctor may suggest trying stronger medications, such as:
- Denosumab (Prolia)
- Teriparatide (Forteo)
For women, hormone-related therapy may also be an option to help maintain bone density.
At UPMC, treatment for osteoporosis will depend on a variety of personal factors. Schedule an appointment with one of our experts to learn more about your treatment options.
If you have questions about how to effectively manage osteoporosis, providers at UPMC are here to help.