Case study ( 19070 views as of July 21, 2017 )
Mary, a 60-year-old woman, was seen in the office for Osteoporosis treatment. She had a recent bone density test as she was concerned about having stopped HRT and the risk to her bones. Her BMD was lower than normal and according to Osteoporosis Guidelines; she was assessed as being at moderate risk. Since at that level, she may or may not be treated; further history was needed.
Had she fallen more than twice in the last year? Did she fracture any bones (other than face and fingers) since age 40 from a less than traumatic incident? What drugs, if any, is she taking on a regular basis? Has she lost height? These are important issues to discuss with her doctor for osteoporosis treatment . Your pharmacist can review your medication and alert you to any drugs that affect bone. Your dietitian can help you increase your calcium-containing foods. And your physiotherapist or trainer can help you focus on the correct exercise to maintain good posture and decrease the risk of falling. Whether or not specific medication is needed depends on many variables and you need to control the lifestyle options to prevent deterioration.Author: Dr. Vivien Brown