Osteoporosis Specialist

Internal Medicine Clinic

Purnachandra R. Yerneni, MD

Integrative Medicine Provider & Medical Wellness located in Bogalusa, LA

If you have chronic back pain and a stooped posture, you may be exhibiting the early symptoms of osteoporosis. The Internal Medicine Clinic in Bogalusa, Louisiana, provides a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic options for the treatment of osteoporosis. Dr. Purnachandra Yerneni is a highly experienced internist and individualizes the cutting-edge therapies according to your needs. If you’re looking to prevent or reverse bone loss, call or go online to schedule an appointment today.

Osteoporosis Q & A

What is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a disease that occurs when the bones become weak and brittle. The disease affects about 10 million Americans, of which 80 percent are women. While it affects all races and ethnicities, older Asian and white menopausal women are at the highest risk.

What are the symptoms of osteoporosis?

While you may not have any symptoms of osteoporosis during the early stages, a broken bone by a mild stress such as a cough could indicate you’re inflicted with the disease. A fracture can occur in any bone in the body but is most common in hip, wrist, and spine. Fractures in the vertebrae could lead to its collapse and cause symptoms that include:

  • Stooped posture
  • Sloping shoulders
  • Loss of height over time
  • Back pain
  • Fractures with minor trauma

Dr. Yerneni, of Internal Medicine Clinic, has the technology on site that can diagnose whether you have osteoporosis.

How is osteoporosis diagnosed?

Dr. Yerneni has a bone density machine at the Internal Medicine Clinic to see how strong your bones are. The test is a special type of  X-ray known as a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA or DEXA) scan. The scan is painless and takes about 10 to 20 minutes. A simple urine test available at Internal Medicine Clinic can also determine whether you have osteoporosis.

What is the treatment for osteoporosis?

Treatment of osteoporosis involves diet modification, regular exercise, and other lifestyle choices, along with medications that prevent additional bone loss or build new bones. Some of the common medications include:

  • Bisphosphonates.
  • Denosumab.
  • Selective estrogen receptor modulators

Osteoporosis is common in persons who have too little estrogen or too many thyroid hormones in their bodies. Based on your lab tests, Dr. Yerneni will prescribe additional treatment to balance the hormone levels.

Dr. Yerneni uses the Ondamed system to deliver pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy for treatment of osteoporosis. The electromagnetic field creates microcurrents in the body that helps new bone formation and strengthens weak bones.

How is osteoporosis prevented?

The key to preventing osteoporosis is to build strong bones during childhood and teen years. Other ways to prevent bone loss as you age are:

  • Get enough calcium and vitamin D
  • Get active
  • Don’t smoke and drink  

Osteoporosis is not a part of healthy aging. It can be prevented and treated. Call or click online to schedule a consultation with the Internal Medicine Clinic in  Bogalusa, Louisiana, today.

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