Osteoporosis in Monterey County
Treatment from Experienced Endocrinologists
Imbalances in your hormones impact your entire body, including your bones.
Osteoporosis is a very common bone disease in which the cells in the bone
do not reproduce fast enough, making them weak and brittle. The Salinas
Valley Medical Clinic houses cutting-edge technology and specially trained
medical professionals to treat osteoporosis and return bones back their
Hormones & Your Bones
Bones stay strong thanks to calcium, which is regulated in the body’s
parathyroid glands. Hyperparathyroidism is a condition that affects the
parathyroid and causes the gland to overproduce hormones. These excess
hormones enter the bones and eat away at cells, resulting in osteoporosis.
When this happens, treating osteoporosis alone only provides temporary
relief, as the parathyroid will continually eat away at the bones as they
attempt to recover. This is why osteoporosis treatment is often assigned
to endocrinologists – doctors who treat hormone disorders.
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is another common cause of osteoporosis. CKD
typically occurs in patients with diabetes, again making it a condition
frequently treated by endocrinologists. This condition weakens the body’s
metabolism, hindering its hormone production, and making osteoporosis
a common side effect.
There is no complete cure for osteoporosis, but its effects can be mitigated.
While doctors look for solutions to the root causes of the disease, they
typically offer patients treatment that provides relief the short term.
Treatment for osteoporosis may include:
- Bisphosphonate (mineral building) medications
- Creating a vitamin D rich diet
- Hormone therapy
- Physical therapy
Residents of the Monterey Peninsula, Central Coast and the surrounding
areas who suffer from osteoporosis can find local treatment at the Salinas
Valley Medical Clinic.