Kayal Osteoporosis Center
OSTEOPENIA AND OSTEOPOROSIS TREATMENT
Osteopenia and osteoporosis are preventable and reversible, so it is important to schedule regular bone density tests. If you have already developed bone disease, it is important to seek the expertise of a qualified NJ osteoporosis physician. Proper intervention can slow disease progression, minimize fracture risk and preserve quality of life.
Before developing a plan, Dr. Robert A. Kayal and his team utilize diagnostic imaging and other tests to assess bone health. Using dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA), ultrasound or quantitative computed tomography (QCT), surgeons will classify bone health as “normal,” “osteopenia,” or “osteoporosis.”
Patients with osteopenia should commit to lifestyle changes so their condition does not become more advanced. Depending upon your bone density results and risk factors for future disease, Dr. Kayal and his team may or may not recommend prescription medication for osteopenia.
What can you do to improve your bone health? Engage in weight-bearing exercise and avoid smoking, excess alcohol (over two drinks per day) and excess caffeine. Taking over-the-counter calcium and vitamin D supplements can also help to keep you healthy. Consider the following recommendations for these supplements:
- Calcium: Most experts agree that anywhere between 1,000 mg and 1,500 mg of calcium should be consumed each day. Our New Jersey orthopedic doctors encourage the usage of an over-the-counter supplement that is more water-soluble than other calcium supplements. Because of this, there is less chance for precipitating and forming kidney stones.
- Vitamin D: The recommended daily vitamin D intake is controversial. For years, the recommendation has been to consume 800 international units (IU) of vitamin D each day, but researchers now question whether these levels are adequate. Many experts propose a daily intake of 800-1,000 IU of vitamin D each day, especially in the elderly, people with limited sun exposure, people with darker skin, and people who have difficulty absorbing fats (patients with Celiac, Crohn’s, or liver disease).
In addition to lifestyle therapies, patients already suffering from osteoporosis require prescription intervention. Bisphosphonates, which slow the bone breakdown process, are the most commonly prescribed medication for bone disease. However, depending upon your test results and condition severity, your NJ orthopedist may recommend additional treatments that work to balance hormone levels. Dr. Kayal and his colleagues will provide the best course of treatment for your specific needs.
Schedule a NJ Osteoporosis Consultation
For your convenience, Kayal Orthopaedic Center, PC performs DEXA bone density examinations on-site using our state-of-the-art GE Lunar Prodigy bone densitometry machine. Call today to schedule an office consultation with Dr. Kayal, or schedule your upcoming bone density examination. Our office will be happy to accommodate you immediately when you call 201-447-3880. It truly is our pleasure to care for you.