Rheumatology Center of New Jersey
Rheumatologists located in Princeton, Somerville, Flemington and Monroe, NJ
Easily fractured bones, rounded shoulders, and loss of height are all related to the bone-weakening effects of osteoporosis. Unfortunately, osteoporosis has no symptoms. That’s why it’s critical to visit the board-certified rheumatologists at the Rheumatology Center of New Jersey for a bone density test to see if you’re at risk for osteoporosis so they can treat and prevent it. Call or book an appointment online at their Monroe, Somerville, or Flemington, New Jersey location.
Osteoporosis Q & A
What is osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a loss of bone density that causes your bones to weaken over time. This erosion of bone mass makes your bones brittle and more susceptible to fracture. The deterioration of bone density is also responsible for hunched shoulders and reduced height as you age.
Bones, like your skin, are made from living tissue. The tissue in your bones is continually being replaced to ensure they remain strong enough to support your body. Osteoporosis is a breakdown in this process whereby new tissue isn’t sent to replace dead, removed tissues.
Osteoporosis is dangerous as it leaves bones weak and vulnerable to breakage. With almost no outward symptoms, fractured bones are how people usually find out they have osteoporosis.
Who is at risk for osteoporosis?
Your age plays a huge role in osteoporosis, but many other factors lead to bone density loss:
- Being a women
- Caucasian and Asian ancestry
- Family history
- Smaller body frame
- Lowered sex hormones
- Thyroid issues
- Certain medications
- Low calcium diets
- Eating disorders
- A sedentary lifestyle
- Drinking alcohol to excess
- Smoking and other tobacco products
These factors make you more susceptible to osteoporosis at any age. If you fit into more than two of these categories, you should pay extra attention to your bone health and include bone density checkups into your yearly physicals by age 35.
How can a rheumatologist help osteoporosis?
Board-certified rheumatologists Dr. Ahmed M. Abdel-Megid, MD, Dr. Amanda Borham, MD, and Dr. Humaira Adenwalla, MD at the Rheumatology Center of New Jersey specialize in bone health. They give you a complete checkup, perform tests, and develop a treatment plan to add strength to your bones and prevent further density loss.
Using a bone density test, your rheumatologist pinpoints areas of bone loss. The test is non-invasive, painless, and only takes about 20 minutes. Based on your scan results, your doctor comes up with a treatment plan that may include medications and diet and lifestyle changes to promote healthy bone tissue growth.
If you have any of the risk factors for osteoporosis, it’s important to see a rheumatologist at the Rheumatology Center of New Jersey as soon as possible. Call or book an appointment online today.