“With most of my patients, I also check for osteoporosis in addition to treating their fracture or injury. I check their vitamin D level and schedule a bone density exam. I also make sure they are on a good nutritional diet that includes plenty of calcium. We want to get everything right for a patient’s long term health and well-being.” – Dr. Romano
Our bones provide the structure that holds our bodies together. Strong bones make it possible to handle the stresses and strains of everyday living, including commonplace activities like walking, running, climbing stairs, and more. Healthy bones enable us to withstand the little bumps and bruises that naturally occur as a part of living.
But over time, as we age and through other processes, our bones can become less dense and more prone to fractures and breaks – often suddenly and without warning. Progressive bone loss is a condition known as Osteoporosis, and it’s a major health problem affecting millions of Americans today. Some estimates state that over 2 million bone fractures each year take place in no small part due to Osteoporosis.
There are a number of known causes to loss of bone density. The natural aging process, smoking, genetics, poor nutrition, sedentary lifestyle, certain medications, and other illnesses can contribute to this condition. Regular exercise and proper nutrition that includes calcium and Vitamin D can help.