Dallas Rheumatology Practice of Scott Zashin, MD

8230 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 614 Dallas, TX 75231   Phone: (214) 363-2812   Fax: (214) 692-8591

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a common condition in this country and is a major cause of spine and hip fractures. The definition of osteoporosis is a decrease in bone strength defined as a decreased bone density. Because hip fractures have a significant increase in mortality, the diagnosis and prevention/treatment of osteoporosis is a major issue. Risk factors for developing this silent and often, preventable disease include advancing age, female sex, low weight, previous spontaneous or low trauma fracture( an injury that would not be expected to cause a fracture), hip fracture in a mother or father, smoking, corticosteroid use, Rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, 3 or more alcoholic drinks per day and a low bone density. A machine to measure bone density is available to our patients. Regular screening in high risk individuals can help detect those patients who need treatment to prevent or slow down osteoporosis, thereby decreasing the risk of fractures and disability. Typically treatments include weight bearing exercise, calcium, vitamin D (Dr. Zashin can do a blood test to determine if your Vitamin D level is adequate), Evista, Miacalcin, Boniva, Fosamax, Actonel, Reclast and Forteo.

Scott Zashin, MD, PA is a respected Texas osteoporosis Doctor/Specialist in Dallas. The above information about osteoporosis is from his arthritis book: Arthritis Without Pain, a comprehensive guide for patients considering or undergoing treatment with the TNF blockers Enbrel®, Remicade®, or Humira®. All rights reserved.

Types of Arthritis

Conditions treated by Dr. Zashin in Dallas, TX: