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Dr. John Thaler
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Bone Loss (Overview)

Non specific, descriptive term encompassing various disorders of abnormal bone turnover, production, or mineralization which result in weakening/"softening" of bone.


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What can be done for bone loss?

What can be done for bone loss?

Find the cause: The appropriate treatment depends on the cause of the bone loss. More information is needed. In the meantime, make sure you are getting adequate amount of calcium and vit d from your diet. ...Read more

Dr. John Thaler
412 Doctors shared insights

Bone Loss (Overview)

Non specific, descriptive term encompassing various disorders of abnormal bone turnover, production, or mineralization which result in weakening/"softening" of bone.


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How does bone loss after tooth extraction occur?

How does bone loss after tooth extraction occur?

Lost stimulation: After extraction, the aveolar bone lost the stimulation from the tooth movement and starts resorption. It is kind like atrophy.

Reserach showed, the surounding bone can lost 60-80 percent of its volume at the end of first year after extraction.

To prevent bone loss after extraction, you should get bone grafting at the time of extraction. After 4-6 month, implant can be placed. ...Read more

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Bone loss (Tip)

Osteoporosis is most worrisome in spine and weight bearing bones. Exercise daily. Flex spine daily. ...See more

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Living with Hearing Loss (Checklist)

Get and use appropriate hearing aids if possible
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Be patient with yourself
Once
Learn sign language with some of your family members if hearing loss is severe
once
See an audiologist regularly for new suggestions
yearly
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What symptoms suggest bone loss?

What symptoms suggest bone loss?

Sometimes, none: Bone loss is assessed in post-menopausal women with a bone densiometry study. Estrogen tends to mitigate bone loss in pre-menopausal women. Many women with bone loss have no symptoms until a "spontaneous fracture" occurs with or without a fall. ...Read more

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What should I do to prevent bone loss from taking arimidex (anastrozole) after breast cancer diagnosis?

What should I do to prevent bone loss from taking arimidex (anastrozole) after breast cancer diagnosis?

Calcium and vit D: Consider a DEXA scan to measure bone density. If your density is low a bisphosphonate type medication can be helpful. This should be a standard conversation for your medical oncologist to have with you. ...Read more

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Managing Hair Loss (Checklist)

Eat foods high in protein, low in sugars
Once
Don't tie your hair too tightly
Once
Use deep oil conditioning at least weekly
Weekly
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My bone density test shows that my hip bones have some bone loss. What could be the cause of it?

My bone density test shows that my hip bones have some bone loss. What could be the cause of it?

There are: Many possible reasons for decreased bone density: hereditary, poor health/frailty, smoking, low body wieght, estrogen deficiency states, alcoholism, nutritional deficiencies, certain medications, renal failure, other hormone abnormalities. ...Read more

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What are the most investigative tests for bone loss, when one has severe osteoporosis?

What are the most investigative tests for bone loss, when one has severe osteoporosis?

DEXA and blood: The gold standard for osteoporosis is DEXA scanning. Other options for evaluating severe osteoporosis are blood tests which can measure bone breakdown, as well as MRI scanning which can show thinning of the bones... But DEXA is still the gold standard. ...Read more

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Living with Memory Loss (Checklist)

Get a Durable Power of Attorney for your health and finances
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Write down important phone numbers and post them in more than one place
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Give your Durable Power of Attorney a list of your medications and doctors' names
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Does menopause cause bone loss?

Yes: Estrogen promotes healthy bones. With menopause, estrogen levels fall. Many women experience a rapid loss of bone in the 1st 2 yrs after menopause. Estrogen therapy (et) starting at the time of menopause can slow down /prevent this bone loss. Starting et much later does not reverse osteoporosis. Promote bone health by taking ca, vit d, participate in weight bearing exercise, and don't smoke. ...Read more

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Coping with Pregnancy Loss (Checklist)

Find and attend a support group
Weekly
Consider meeting with a therapist with your spouse
Monthly
Talk with family and friends about how you are feeling
once
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What's it mean to have bone loss?

What's it mean to have bone loss?

Less bone: We build and lose bone everyday. We build more than we lose until we're around 30 years old. Then we start losing more than we build. Over time, this leads to osteopenia, then osteoporosis, which increases the risk of fracture. ...Read more

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What's the safest way to treat bone loss?

What's the safest way to treat bone loss?

Many options: First, find out the cause of the bone loss so you are not just treating the symptom instead of the cause. If you have osteopenia, make sure you maintain proper nutrition, keep active, do weight bearing exercises daily, take adequate calcium + vit d supplement (1200-1500 mg, 2000 iu vit d). If you have osteoporosis, do all above and a fda approved osteoporosis after discussion with your md/do. ...Read more

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Managing Bone Spurs (Checklist)

Wear comfortable shoes
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Use heel cushions
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Ask your podiatrist if you'd benefit from prescription orthotics
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Ask your podiatrist about steroid injections
once
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Can treatment restore bone loss or does it only prevent further bone loss?

Can treatment restore bone loss or does it only prevent further bone loss?

Repair, regeneration: Repair is a condition where there is no regeneration of the bone loss but only heal and prevent the further bone loss. Intraorally, the procedures that leads to repair would be flap surgery and debridement. Regeneration is the result from the guided tissue regeneration procedures where new bone and new attachments achieved. ...Read more

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What are the natural alternative treatments to inherited bone loss disease?

What are the natural alternative treatments to inherited bone loss disease?

Exercise: Get precise advice from your primary doctor or mineral metabolism specialist, because your type may need more than exercise. In general though, bone, like muscle, gets stronger with use. So weight bearing exercise (walking, running) can strengthen back (spine) and leg bones. Weight training can help bone and muscle strength in those areas and in the arms. ...Read more

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Recovering from a Broken Bone (Checklist)

Exercise and stretch to improve range of motion, strength, and endurance
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Avoid a repeat injury or irritating soft tissues before they are ready
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Follow up with your doctor as scheduled, and don't miss appointments
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Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more