Osteoporosis Specialist

Arthritis & Osteoporosis Clinic -  - Rheumatologist

Arthritis & Osteoporosis Clinic

Rheumatologists located in Tyler, TX

Osteoporosis is a condition that causes your bones to become weakened or brittle. In severe cases, even a sneeze or a cough can lead to a bone fracture. Treating this condition early and aggressively spares you complications down the road, which is where Dr. William Brelsford, a rheumatologist at Arthritis & Osteoporosis Clinic in Tyler, Texas, can help. Dr. Brelsford has extensive experience treating osteoporosis and uses the latest science to halt, and even reverse, osteoporosis. To find out more, call or go online to book an appointment.

Osteoporosis Q & A

What is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a condition that causes your bones to weaken and become brittle, which puts you at risk for fracturing your bones under even the mildest stresses.

Since bone is living tissue, your bones are in a constant state of renewal: Old bone breaks down, and new bone is generated. With osteoporosis, the creation of new bone doesn’t keep pace with replacing your old bone.

What are the symptoms of osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis may present itself several ways, including:

  • Height loss
  • Stooping
  • Bones that fracture easily
  • Back pain caused by collapsing or fractured vertebra

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, have Dr. Brelsford evaluate you for osteoporosis.

What causes osteoporosis?

As you age, many of your body’s functions slow, including bone replacement. Typically, you reach peak bone mass during your early 20s. After, your body’s ability to replace broken down bone slows — how much you’ll be affected by natural bone loss depends on how much bone mass you reached during your peak production.

Aside from the natural aging process, several factors put you at risk for developing osteoporosis, including:

  • Sex: women are more susceptible to osteoporosis, especially after menopause
  • Race: people of white or Asian descent
  • Heredity: osteoporosis in your family’s medical history
  • Size: smaller people are more prone to osteoporosis
  • Hormones: loss of estrogen and testosterone leads to bone loss
  • Dietary: low calcium intake or malnourishment
  • Lifestyle: smoking, alcohol consumption, and lack of exercise
  • Medical conditions: celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus
  • Medications: long-term steroid use

How is osteoporosis treated?

Once Dr. Brelsford diagnoses osteoporosis, he discusses numerous treatments based on the degree of your condition and your potential risks. If you’re in the early stages of osteoporosis, avoiding a fracture is the best way to live with the condition.

If your bones are at a higher risk of breaking, Dr. Brelsford offers medications that halt and, in some cases, reverse, the progression of osteoporosis. These medications include:

  • Reclast®: an IV infusion that works to maintain bone health
  • Prolia®: an injection every six months that’s largely used for women in menopause

To get started on a treatment, call or book an appointment online at Arthritis & Osteoporosis Clinic.