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Why Choose Florida Hospital?

Osteoporosis is a progressive disease that causes bones to weaken and break easily. The bone metabolism and orthopedic care professionals at Florida Hospital are specialists in the diagnosis, therapy and prevention of osteoporosis and the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries arising from the disease. Highly experienced, board-certified orthopedic surgeons lead a multidisciplinary team of endocrinologists, rheumatologists, physiatrists and physical therapists. These experts in bone development, genetic disorders, degenerative diseases, joint replacement and emergency trauma combine diverse skills to achieve the best possible outcomes. People who are diagnosed with osteoporosis, or who have a family history of the disease are encouraged to arrange an appointment at Florida Hospital to discover how they can lead a full and injury-free life.

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Osteoporosis causes bones to lose density over time. These thinning bones become brittle and more likely to fracture. The term comes from the Greek words “osteo” (bone) and “porosis” (porous). The hips, spine and wrists are usually the most affected.

In the U.S., more than 10 million people over age 65 have osteoporosis, with women being four times more likely to be affected than men, especially following menopause. A related condition, osteopenia, or low bone density, affects an estimated 34 million people older than 50 and increases their chances of developing osteoporosis.

While the disease occurs most often in older people, children with some underlying conditions such as type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis or a genetic disorder may develop juvenile osteoporosis.

Prognosis of Osteoporosis

While it is not a life threatening condition, the prognosis of osteoporosis depends on protection from serious bone fractures. Spinal injury is most serious, possibly leading to a variety of health problems as well as causing severe pain and discomfort. Long periods of immobility during recovery from injuries to hips and knees can lead to impairing normal bodily functions and interfering with daily activities as well as contributing to further bone degeneration. 

As a progressive disease, the prognosis of osteoporosis is related to continued thinning of the bones and increased risk of injury. Some medications can help prevent fractures, but collapsed spinal bones cannot be restored. Often the condition results in disability and fractures of the hip are a leading cause of admittance to nursing homes. However, medications and rehabilitative therapies can help slow the progress of the disease and maintain quality of life.

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