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Cedar Plains Family Medicine

Medical Clinic located in Hickman, NE

All your life you’ve been hearing about how important it is to drink your milk for healthy bones and reduce your risk of osteoporosis. If you weren’t a big milk drinker or simply have concerns about bone health, Dr. Spohn at Cedar Plains Family Medicine in Hickman, Nebraska provide medical management for osteoporosis and can assess your bone health and provide treatment guidelines to help you keep your bones healthy and strong. Call today, or schedule an appointment using the online booking button.

Osteoporosis Q & A

What is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a condition that affects your bones, making them brittle and more prone to fractures. It occurs when your bones either are losing too much bone, not making enough, or a combination of both.

Osteoporosis is quite common, affecting nearly 54 million Americans. Though osteoporosis is often a disease associated with women, it occurs in men, too.

How do I know if I have osteoporosis?

In the early stages of osteoporosis, you may not have any symptoms and have no idea what’s going on with your bones. If you have concerns about osteoporosis, Dr. Spohn at Cedar Plains Family Medicine can order a bone scan to assess bone density and your risk of osteoporosis.

As your bone condition progresses, you may experience symptoms, such as:

  • Loss of height
  • Back pain
  • Stooped posture
  • Unexpected broken bone

If you’re experiencing these symptoms, call Cedar Plains Family Medicine to schedule an appointment for an assessment and treatment plan.

How is osteoporosis treated?

Treatment for osteoporosis depends on your risk of fracture based on your bone scan. If you’re at low risk, Dr. Spohn may recommend you make lifestyle changes to prevent further bone loss or broken bones, including:

  • Stop smoking
  • Limit alcohol
  • Wear sensible shoes to limit trips and falls
  • Eat a healthy diet filled with calcium-rich foods

If you’re at greater risk of breaking a bone, Dr. Spohn may recommend medication to help protect your bones, such as:

  • Alendronate
  • Risedronate
  • Zoledronic acid
  • Ibandronate

For women going through menopause, may work with you to develop a hormone replacement plan using bioidentical hormone pellets from SottoPelle® to help protect your bones and prevent further loss.

Can I prevent osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a serious, but preventable bone condition. Good nutrition and exercise may help strengthen your bones and prevent osteoporosis.

For stronger, healthier bones, fill your diet with foods rich in calcium, such as:

  • Milk, yogurt, or cheese
  • Fortified plant milk or juice
  • Leafy greens
  • Soy products

If you can’t get enough calcium in your diet, talk to Dr. Spohn about supplementation.

Exercise not only strengthens your muscles, but your bones as well. Bone strength improves no matter when you start. To get the most benefits you should include both cardiovascular and muscle-building exercises. Dr. Spohn can help you develop a program that fits your fitness level.

For good bone health from a team that cares, call Cedar Plains Family Medicine, or schedule an appointment online.