Less Known Facts About Osteoporosis in Menopausal Women
Most women when they reach the peri menopausal age group could experience a steady decline in their bone density numbers due to sudden loss of oestrogen and progesterone that are responsible for optimal bone and joint health. This decreased bone density is known as Osteoporosis.
Due to these hormonal changes, women are much more prone to developing osteopenia and osteoporosis than men and have a higher risk of joint aches and pains. Most common areas where osteoporosis is seen is in the lumbar spine or lower back and hips. Regular bone density check ups help keep an eye on these numbers and make sure optimal bone density is maintained.
Having decreased bone density raises the susceptibility of having stress fractures with a relatively mild trauma or force. Also these fractures can be very slow to heal for the same reasons.
This makes women especially in the perimenopausal and menopausal age group (meaning fifty plus) much more prone to joint aches and pains than men. Making it imperative for them to adapt these lifestyle changes we discuss below in order to enjoy a healthy aging lifestyle.
Impact of Osteoporosis on Joint Replacement surgeries:
This is a question we get asked so often in the clinic as to what would be the impact of having poor bone density on my joint replacement surgery.
And the answer is, it depends on the severity of bone density loss and health of the bone tissue in the surrounding area. As common sense dictates, having poor quality bone tissue is not ideal for your joint health and putting effort in keeping it optimal by strategies discussed above should be your first priority.
But if you have osteoporosis and are considering any type of joint surgery, your surgeon will be able to provide you options based on your joint condition. Optimizing the surgery outcome by following a well regimented physical therapy and a strength training program for life will then be your best bet.
Making a lifestyle change is your best chance at minimizing the impact of osteoporosis on the quality of your life.
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