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Osteoporosis Specialist

Complete Medicine

Endocrinology, Diabetes and Thyroid Specialist & Lifestyle Medicine located in San Antonio, TX

Osteoporosis is a bone disease that makes you more susceptible to fractures, and it currently affects 10 million people in the United States. At Complete Medicine in San Antonio, Texas, triple board-certified physician, Arti Thangudu, MD, specializes in the management of osteoporosis. She takes a patient-centered approach to osteoporosis care and uses a combination of medications, diet, and exercise to improve your bone health. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book online today.

Osteoporosis Q&A

What is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a condition that causes your bones to weaken, increasing your risk of fractures. Your bone tissue is under constant construction, with bone cells being broken down and replaced throughout your life. Osteoporosis occurs when the breakdown of your bone outpaces the rebuilding process.

Your risk of developing osteoporosis is dependent on many factors, including:

  • Age
  • Sex
  • Family history
  • Body frame size
  • Diet choices
  • Exercise
  • Lifestyle habits
  • Medical history

Though many of the risk factors for osteoporosis are out of your control, some aren’t. Your diet choices, exercise habits, and lifestyle may help prevent the onset of osteoporosis. 

What are the symptoms of osteoporosis?

During the early stages of bone loss, you’re unlikely to experience any symptoms. However, as your bones continue to weaken, your first symptom may be an unexpected fracture from a simple misstep or fall. 

Other symptoms of osteoporosis include:

  • Loss of height
  • Back pain
  • Stooped shoulders

Spine and hip fractures are common, and serious complications of osteoporosis and may occur without any known cause.

How is osteoporosis diagnosed?

Osteoporosis is diagnosed after a bone density test. During the noninvasive, painless procedure, special X-rays are taken of your hips and spine to measure the density of your bones. 

How is osteoporosis treated?

Complete Medicine is a membership-based practice, and Dr. Thangudu conducts a comprehensive evaluation when you come in for the management of your osteoporosis. During your initial 60-minute consultation, she asks detailed questions about your symptoms, medical and family history, medication and supplement use, and diet and exercise habits. 

She also spends time discussing your health concerns and goals, which helps direct your treatment plan. Dr. Thangudu then talks to you about your diagnosis and how it affects your current and future health, which empowers you to take more control over your own wellness. 

Your osteoporosis treatment plan may include the most appropriate medications, as well as an exercise and diet program to help you take more control of your bone health. Dr. Thangudu is certified in plant-based nutrition and may provide specific nutrition recommendations to address your unique nutritional needs.

To help you stay on track, Dr. Thangudu schedules ongoing follow-up care through telemedicine visits.

For a more holistic, well-rounded approach to your osteoporosis, call Complete Medicine or request an appointment online today.