April 27, 2012

MRMC offers tips on osteoporosis


COLUMBIA, Tenn. – The American Orthopedic Association estimates that 44 million American men and women are impacted by osteoporosis, a bone disease resulting in the thinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density over time.

“Osteoporosis is the most common form of bone disease. It occurs when the body fails to form enough new bone, when too much bone is reabsorbed by the body, or both,” said Dr. Jeffrey Adams, an orthopedic surgeon on the medical staff of Maury Regional Medical Center. “Many people with this disease often go undiagnosed and untreated, leading to fragility fractures.”

Osteoporosis presents no symptoms in its earliest stages. Symptoms occurring late in the disease include:

  • Bone pain or tenderness
  • Fractures with little or no trauma
  • Loss of height over time
  • Lower back pain due to fractures of the spinal bones
  • Stooped posture

Whether or not these symptoms have become evident there are steps that can be taken to prevent future complications.

“It’s important that individuals who are at risk for future fractures have a bone density scan to determine the extent of the disease,” said Dr. Adams. “We can then prescribe calcium and osteoporosis medications and provide nutritional consultations with a registered dietician. Taking these steps can help prevent future fractures and ensure a better quality of life for our patients.”

Dr. Adams and Dr. Douglas Wilburn will present a free seminar on Osteoporosis at 6 p.m. on May 17th in the William R. Walter Educational Center of the Maury Regional Medical Center Annex located across from the hospital at 1223 ½ Trotwood Avenue in Columbia. More information about this event is available by calling 931.840.4446.