There are a number of different medical treatments for osteoporosis.
The treatments are provided for both prevention and reducing the impact of the symptoms of the disease and each medication should be tailored specifically to the individual’s specifically symptoms.
Types of Osteoporosis Treatment
Osteoporosis treatments can be broadly divided into two individual categories: anti-catabolic and anabolic agents. Most anti-catabolic agents include oestrogen, selective oestrogen receptor modulators and bisphosphonates. These kinds of medications reduce bone resorption and preserve bone mineral density, making them less likely to fracture.
Anabolic agents include full-length parathyroid hormone and teriparatide stimulate the formation and growth of bone and therefore increase bone mineral density.
Osteoporosis Treatment and Treatment Risks
Osteoporosis treatment options only work if you take them as per the direct prescription of your doctor. People with osteoporosis often find it hard to take their medication regularly and stick to the cycle because it can involve a complex range of pills. Staying on treatment is vital to keep the condition under control and reduce symptoms.
There are risks and side effects to all medical treatments and so it is important to make sure every treatment is discussed at length before accepting it.
Non-Drug-based Osteoporosis Treatments
In addition to drug-based treatments there are several other options and additional supplements you may want to consider. Calcium and vitamin D supplements are often prescribed to ensure you are getting proper levels of these essential vitamins and minerals into your body. It can also help ensure you are getting the most from your drug therapy.
You may also have physical therapies recommended to you, and lifestyle changes where applicable.
Another core thing which is essential in living with and managing osteoporosis is practical support. Both in the form of help with day to day tasks but also on an emotional level. This kind of support can be provided by healthcare professionals but also by friends and family, or even specific osteoporosis patient support groups and charities. Having support makes dealing with a chronic condition much more manageable and can be as vital as the right treatment.
Osteoporosis can be hard to treat correctly as the condition of all patients is very specific. Two people with chronic osteoporosis may have very different symptoms and therefore need very different treatment plans. It is a disease which comes with a lot of trial and error when planning care and treatment, and all patients should feel able to discuss any treatment issues or concerns.
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