Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones. If you lose too much bone, your bones can become weak and brittle and break in even minor accidents. Meaning literally “porous bone”, those suffering from osteoporosis will have bones which look more like honeycomb under a microscope with much larger holes and spaces than in a healthy bone.
Anyone can be impacted by osteoporosis however, it is more likely to occur in patients who have a family history of the disease or in those who are older. Like other diseases, treatment is often more effective when started early. One such treatment used for the symptoms of osteoporosis is called Reclast.
Reclast is a bisphosphonate which is used to strengthen bones and is primarily used to treat osteoporosis. Healthy bones are always in a state of remodeling however, in unhealthy bones more is being removed than is being replaced making bones weaker. Reclast is used to slow the bone removal and thereby prevent bone loss.
Like all drugs, Reclast and other bisphosphonates have side effects which can be dangerous if not used correctly. When finding the treatment which is right for you and your needs, your rheumatologist should be aware of your history and monitor your treatment carefully to ensure the best outcome for your case.
Rheumatologist Waterford MI
Recognizing a need for a caring and experienced rheumatologist in Southern Michigan, Dr. Dowd founded the Arthritis Institute of Michigan in 1998. The Arthritis Institute is a state of the art facility and is located in Brighton MI, just 30 miles from Waterford. Now accepting new patients, we are dedicated to helping you feel better and enjoy a higher quality of life. If you live in Waterford and are looking for a rheumatologist who understands your disease, we invite you to contact us today at 1.810.225.7553 to find out how we can help.