Severe Bone Resorption

What is Severe Bone Resorption?

Severe bone resorption is a medical condition that occurs when bones lose minerals faster than the body can replace them, leading to bone loss. It is often associated with osteopenia and osteoporosis and is thought to be caused by aging, changes in hormones, and/or certain medical conditions. Severe bone resorption can cause debilitating pain, joint instability, and increased risk for fracture. In some cases, the decreased bone density caused by severe bone resorption can be managed with medications, lifestyle changes, and physical therapy. However, in some cases, the bone loss may be too severe and the patient may require more aggressive treatments.

Causes of Severe Bone Resorption

The exact cause of severe bone resorption is not always known. However, there are several factors that may contribute to the condition such as:

  • Aging
  • Hormonal shifts, including menopause, thyroid disorders, and other medical conditions
  • Nutritional deficiencies, such as Vitamin D and Calcium
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Smoking
  • Family history of osteoporosis
  • Certain medications

Prevention of Severe Bone Resorption

In order to reduce the chances of developing severe bone resorption, a person should focus on consistently eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and maintaining a healthy weight. Additionally, the patient should not smoke or consume excessive amounts of alcohol. Finally, those with a family history of osteoporosis should speak to their doctor about supplements and medications that may help improve bone health.

Treatment of Severe Bone Resorption

For those with severe bone resorption, treatments typically involve medications, lifestyle changes, and physical therapy. Medications prescribed may include bisphosphonates, calcitonin, or parathyroid hormone. Bisphosphonates help increase bone density while calcitonin helps decrease bone breakdown. In addition, physical therapy can help improve posture and body mechanics, as well as strengthen the muscles around the affected joints. Finally, lifestyle changes such as increased calcium and vitamin D intake, smoking cessation, and decreased alcohol consumption may also help slow down the process of bone resorption.