Osteoporosis Specialist

Capital Women's Care -  - OBGYN

Capital Women's Care

OBGYNs & Gynecologists located in Frederick, MD & Mount Airy, MD

Osteoporosis is a serious condition that affects people as they age. Capital Women's Care offers diagnostic services to women at risk for osteoporosis, as well as interventions for women who have already been diagnosed with this condition. Women in Frederick, Mount Airy & Urbana, Maryland can contact the office to make an appointment for this service.

Osteoporosis Q & A

What’s osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a dangerous condition that makes the bones weak and brittle. It occurs when the body isn’t replacing bone tissue nearly as fast as the tissue breaks down. This weakness makes it easier for the bones to break. For some patients, bone breaks occur during everyday activities, such as coughing or bending over. For patients with mild osteoporosis, bone breaks occur only after a fall or another significant trauma. The most common sites of breaks from osteoporosis are the spine, wrist, and hip.

What are the symptoms of osteoporosis?

Some of the most common symptoms of osteoporosis include loss of height over time, back pain, unexpected bone fractures, and an abnormal posture.

Who is at risk for osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis affects both men and women. However, women are at a higher risk of developing osteoporosis than men. Women with small body frames, a family history of osteoporosis, thyroid problems, or a history of early menopause are also at a higher risk of developing this condition. For all women, the risk of osteoporosis increases with age. This condition is more likely to impact white or Asian women than women of other races.

What treatments are available for osteoporosis?

If Capital Women's Care diagnoses a patient with osteoporosis, she may need to take medications designed to strengthen the bones. Some women also take hormone therapy to lower the risk of complications.

What are the possible complications of osteoporosis?

If left untreated, osteoporosis can lead to multiple fractures of the hip, spine, or other bones in the body. In some cases, these breaks can be disabling or even fatal. Multiple fractures in the spine may cause chronic back pain, a significant loss of height, and a noticeable change in the patient’s posture.

Can women prevent osteoporosis?

Women can prevent osteoporosis by maintaining a healthy lifestyle early in life. The risk of osteoporosis is lower for people who exercise, avoid alcohol, and take in plenty of calcium. Women who go through menopause before the age of 40 may be able to lower the risk of menopause by taking hormone replacement therapy.

Billing & Insurance

We participate with most local and many national insurance plans. However it is your responsibility to understand whether your insurance has limits on the doctors you can see, or the services you can receive. If you provide complete and accurate information about your insurance, we will submit claims to your insurance carrier and receive payments for services. Depending on your insurance coverage, you may be responsible for co-payments, co-insurance, or other deductible amounts. Not all providers participate with all insurance plans. We do not accept Medicaid. Don't hesitate to call if you have questions.

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