About 4.5 million women and 1 million men suffer from osteoporosis. This condition causes the bones to become weak, increasing the chance of fractures. Osteoporosis has no symptoms so it is usually a "silent disease" and often patients do not know they have it until after they break a bone. This disease is most common in older women who are white or Asian, although it can affect anyone. A bone density exam measures bone mineral density at different areas of the body and provides a T-score that showing the bone's current state.
Prevention and treatment of osteoporosis include adequate intake of calcium and vitamin D as well as exercise, especially weight-bearing exercise. For patients who need medication along with these lifestyle changes, there are increasing numbers of medications available which are effective in improving bone density and preventing fractures.
Our bone health group specializes in diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis. Our bone density scanner is in a mobile unit that travels to numerous locations in North Carolina. To have a bone density exam or to learn more about osteoporosis, contact Triangle Orthopaedics today.
In addition to standard care, we have an active clinical research program including clinical trials of new medications under study for rheumatic diseases. We have participated in clinical trials of most of the rheumatoid arthritis medications that have become available over the past 20 years including Enbrel, Humira, Orencia, Rituxan, Kineret, Actemra, and Cimzia as well as the major anti-inflammatory medications. We have also collaborated with researchers at Duke University and the University of North Carolina's Thurston Arthritis Research Center. In our opinion, the availability of clinical trials is a major resource for our patients allowing them access to cutting edge therapies when established medications are not satisfactory. Our participation also keeps us at the forefront of the newest advances in rheumatology. If you are interested in participating in a clinical trial, please contact us.
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