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Osteoporosis Specialist

Golden Oak Medicine -  - Geriatrics

Golden Oak Medicine

Geriatrics & Adult Medicine located in Asheville, NC

Osteoporosis is a condition that causes your bones to weaken and can lead to fractures throughout the body. In Asheville, North Carolina, Kate Marshall, MD, Golnosh Sharafsaleh, MD, MS, AGSF, FAAFP, and their highly trained team at Golden Oak Medicine provide individualized care for osteoporosis in patients over 55. Schedule an appointment over the phone or book one online today.

Osteoporosis Q&A

What is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a condition that causes your bones to become less dense and more frail with time. As that happens, your risk for bone fractures increases. The condition is more common in women than men, but anyone can get it. 

Being at a higher risk for broken bones can have a major impact on your life. Not only must you be more careful about falling or other events that can break your bones, but you must deal with any difficulty or disability that comes with broken bones. You might need to wear casts as they heal, use assistive devices like walkers or crutches, or even stop walking entirely.

Fortunately, there are ways to manage osteoporosis and the risk for broken bones that comes with the condition. The team at Golden Oak Medicine works with you to build an individualized care plan to help you remain independent and injury-free.  

What causes osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis develops because of various processes within your bones as well as extenuating factors like hormone fluctuations and certain diseases. 

On the inside, your bones have a sponge-like appearance filled with holes. As you age, your bones are less able to rebuild themselves when your body borrows calcium from their calcium storage. That causes the holes within the bone to grow larger, which makes the bone weaker. 

One of the reasons why women are more likely to get osteoporosis than men is because menopause causes them to break down bone more quickly. Menopause is the time in your life when your menstrual cycle stops. 

What are my treatment options for osteoporosis?

Golden Oak Medicine offers individualized care for osteoporosis. The team helps you prevent bone fractures and can treat and rehabilitate fractures when they happen. 

Much of treating osteoporosis relies on lifestyle changes and extra considerations you must make to keep your bones intact. In your treatment plan, the team might include:

  • Exercise recommendations
  • A healthy diet
  • Limited alcohol consumption
  • Limited caffeine consumption
  • Smoking cessation
  • Fall prevention

Broken bones can be a lot more serious than you think. For example, a hip fracture can permanently affect your ability to walk and even lead to premature death without treatment. If you think you may have a fracture, you should visit Golden Oak Medicine right away for fracture care. 

To schedule an appointment for osteoporosis management, call Golden Oak Medicine or book your visit online today.