- Barrett's Esophagus
- Colon/Colorectal Cancer
- Crohn's Disease
- Digestive Health Additional Resources
- Digestive Health Downloadable Patient Education
- Digestive Health FAQs
- Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis
- Esophagitis and Stricture
- Gastrointestinal and Gastroenterologist
- Heartburn, GER and GERD
- Helicobacter Pylori (Stomach Infection)
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
- Peptic Ulcer Disease (PUD)
- Stomach Problems and Swallowing Problems
- Ulcerative Colitis
Warning Signs & Symptoms
Anyone can develop osteoporosis, which makes bones brittle and more likely to break, but it is more common in older women. This disease progresses silently, and, in fact, most people remain undiagnosed until a bone breaks. Risk factors include aging, being small and thin, a family history, being female, poor health, smoking cigarettes, low calcium intake, excessive alcohol use, recurrent falls, inadequate exercise and having low bone mass.
Patients can treat a broken bone due to osteoporosis with Open Reduction Internal Fixation (ORIF).
In order to prevent osteoporosis, get the daily recommended amounts of calcium and vitamin D, quit smoking and drinking in excess, exercise regularly and get regular bone density tests if needed.
Once the cast or splint is removed after open reduction internal fixation surgery, patients will need to loosen stiff muscles and ligaments. The doctor will prescribe a home exercise regimen that will include stretching, strengthening and increasing the range of motion to help ease patients back into their daily routine.
- National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
- National Osteoporosis Foundation
- Medline Plus: Osteoporosis