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Osteoporosis (cont.)

Surgery

If spinal compression fractures are causing nerve roots to be compressed, your doctor may talk with you about having surgery to stabilize the crushed spinal bones (vertebrae).

If you get a hip fracture because of osteoporosis, you may need surgery to repair your hip. For more information, see the topic Hip Fracture.

Other Treatment

Physical therapy

Your doctor may recommend physical therapy. Your physical therapist may teach you how to safely do weight-bearing exercises.

Soy products

Soy products have been tried to help reduce the chance of broken bones due to osteoporosis, but there is not strong evidence that these products help. But soy is a good source of nondairy protein, so many people still choose to include it in their diets. (For example, 1 cup of soy milk contains 7 to 11 grams of soy protein.)

There is not enough evidence to show if other natural products, such as black cohosh, work to reduce bone loss.

Other Places To Get Help

Organizations

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), National Institutes of Health
1 AMS Circle
Bethesda, MD 20892-3675
Phone: 1-877-22-NIAMS (1-877-226-4267) toll-free
Phone: (301) 495-4484
Fax: (301) 718-6366
TDD: (301) 565-2966
Email: niamsinfo@mail.nih.gov
Web Address: www.niams.nih.gov

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) is a governmental institute that serves the public and health professionals by providing information, locating other information sources, and participating in a national federal database of health information. NIAMS supports research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases and supports the training of scientists to carry out this research.

The NIAMS website provides health information referrals to the NIAMS Clearinghouse, which has information packages about diseases.


National Institute on Aging
Building 31, Room 5C27
31 Center Drive, MSC 2292
Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone: 1-800-222-2225
Phone: (301) 496-1752
TDD: 1-800-222-4225 (TTY)
Email: niaic@nia.nih.gov
Web Address: www.nia.nih.gov

The National Institute on Aging (NIA), one of the centers of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. The NIA funds research and provides information about health and research advances to the public and interested groups.


National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF)
1150 17nd Street NW, Suite 854
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 1-800-231-4222
(202) 223-2226
Fax: (202) 223–2237
Web Address: www.nof.org

The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) funds research and publishes educational material about osteoporosis for consumers and health professionals. The NOF also provides information about bone density testing sites, new treatment, and local groups interested in osteoporosis. The foundation's mission is to prevent osteoporosis, promote lifelong bone health, help improve the lives of those affected by osteoporosis and related fractures, and find a cure.


NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases—National Resource Center
2 AMS Circle
Bethesda, MD 20892-3676
Phone: 1-800-624-BONE (1-800-624-2663)
(202) 223-0344
Fax: (202) 293–2356
TDD: (202) 466-4315
Email: NIHBoneInfo@mail.nih.gov
Web Address: www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Bone/

The NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases—National Resource Center is a government resource center that helps health professionals, patients, and the public learn about and locate current information on metabolic bone diseases such as osteoporosis, Paget's disease, osteogenesis imperfecta, and hyperparathyroidism.


North American Menopause Society (NAMS)
5900 Landerbrook Drive
Suite 390
Mayfield Heights, OH 44124
Phone: (440) 442-7550
Fax: (440) 442-2660
Email: info@menopause.org
Web Address: www.menopause.org

The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) is a nonprofit organization that promotes the understanding of menopause and thereby improves the health of women as they approach menopause and beyond. NAMS members include experts from medicine, nursing, sociology, psychology, nutrition, anthropology, epidemiology, pharmacy, and education. The NAMS website has information on perimenopause, early menopause, menopause symptoms and long-term health effects of estrogen loss, and a variety of therapies.


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