Fragility Factors: Risks and Prevention

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about fragility fractures along with the risks and prevention factors for women as they age.

How is osteoporosis treated?

Dr. Jennifer Jerele talks about treatment for osteoporosis. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

How is osteoporosis treated?

Some ways to treat osteoporosis, first of all are some lifestyle modifications. Calcium and vitamin D are great supplements for everyone to take even when you're young.

You can build that peak bone mass up until you're about 30 years old, and then it helps you kind of maintain that, then there are some more prescription strength therapies that people take including the Fosamax or the bisphosphonates are the first line of treatment. Sometimes people don't tolerate those as well in their other types of medications such as; some hormone replacement therapies and something called Forteo, which actually helps you build bone mass as used as a kind of last line therapy for patients that are not tolerating other options.

 

The first line of treatment for osteoporosis is prescription-strength therapies including bisphosphonates, such as Fosamax. There also are other types of medications, such as some hormone replacement therapies and a medication called Forteo, which actually helps you build bone mass that’s used as a last-line therapy for patients who are not tolerating other options.

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Source: Jennifer Jerele, MD, Premier Orthopedics