If you or someone you love has just been diagnosed with
osteoporosis, youve got questions, and lots of them.
Weve got answers.
Osteoporosis: The First 48 Hours
The first 48 hours after being diagnosed with osteoporosis can be a scary and challenging time. But if your osteoporosis was detected after taking a bone densitometry test (DSX), count yourself lucky. The only other way to find out is far more painful – by sustaining a fracture.
The First 48 Hours: Osteoporosis Medications
The first 48 hours after being diagnosed with osteoporosis can be a stressful time, especially if your physician brings up prescribing medication. Many osteoporosis medicines, especially bisphosphonates - such as Fosamax (alendronate), Boniva (ibandronate) and Actonel (risedrontate) - are as well-known for their gastrointestinal side effects as for their bone-building potential.
The First 48 Hours: Preventing a Fall
The risk of a fall is one of the greatest dangers facing older people. According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 1.6 million older adults in the United States go to the emergency room for fall-related injuries each year.
After a Fracture: The First 48 Hours
Osteoporosis Caregiver Lila de Tantillo discusses how despite the many advances in osteoporosis treatment in the last 30 years, awareness and management of osteoporosis, still lag behind for too many patients – especially for those who discover their osteoporosis by sustaining a fracture.
Treatment Options for Osteoporosis
Expert Patient Christine Miller shares some of the different
treatment options available for individuals with osteoporosis, and
explains why treatment choices should balance physician expertise
and patient preferences.