Osteoporosis is a condition that causes your bones to thin and weaken, which makes them break more easily — sometimes with very little force. Osteoporosis-related breaks usually occur in your wrist, hip, or spine. Both men and women can get osteoporosis, but post-menopausal Caucasian and Asian women are at greatest risk.
Your body builds and breaks down bone throughout your lifetime, but creating new bone slows as you get older. Bone loss occurs when your body breaks down more bone than it's able to replace, which can lead to osteoporosis.
There aren’t any symptoms of bone loss until you develop severe osteoporosis — in some instances, a broken bone is the first sign. Osteoporosis symptoms may include:
- Back pain caused by a broken or compressed disc
- Reduced height
- Stooped posture or other spinal deformities
Treatment can help slow or prevent further bone loss and strengthen your bones. The osteoporosis specialists at University of Miami Health System provide comprehensive care that combines lifestyle changes, diet, and the latest treatment approaches to help you improve your bone health and prevent broken bones.
Why Choose UHealth?
Customized treatment plans for osteoporosis. Osteoporosis can develop for many reasons. You can’t control some risk factors, like your age or sex, but you can control your diet, exercise, and other behaviors. We make sure you’re well-informed and aware of behaviors that can lead to bone loss, such as smoking or drinking too much alcohol. Our expert team develops a personalized treatment plan that considers your health and your lifestyle to give you the best possible results.
A comprehensive, team approach. Our endocrinologists work closely with orthopaedic experts, geriatricians, imaging technologists, dietitians, physical therapists, and other specialists to provide complete care. Your care team works together to evaluate your bone health and develop a comprehensive treatment plan that improves the strength of your bones.
The latest, research-backed treatments. As an academic medical center, we leverage the latest research completed by the nationally recognized University of Miami Miller School of Medicine to offer the latest treatments — including promising new treatments through clinical trials. You benefit from medical advancements before they’re widely available, provided by leading endocrinology experts who are known worldwide for their expertise. Our researchers are discovering better ways to treat bone loss and osteoporosis.