In my daily practice at the office, I have noticed that in menopause it is common for women to suffer more often from orthopedic diseases. This happens because the loss of protection of the female hormones opens a breach to the appearance of tendinitis, fasciitis, bursitis, rizartrose, osteopenia, osteoporosis and other inflammations.
The orthopedist can help women deal with these issues so that they are protected from the chronicity and frequency of such diseases. The conceptual side of the medical approach in the office can help prepare for this phase in life with the suggestion of; low-impact physical activities such as stretching and walking, which can help control osteoporosis; consideration of hormone replacement as long as follow and advised by a gynecologist; and even taking care of the mind, which has a primordial role in balance and well-being. As a starting point, bone density measurement tests are part of the protocol for deciding the best approach, which may include physical activities, medication and rehabilitation.
Even when osteoporosis outcomes can lead to fractures due to bone failure such as in the femur, humerus, forearm and lumbar spine, we are able to conduct conservative treatment (non-surgical) or, when necessary, reconstruction of bone structure. The right decision can give the patient better life outcome.
Although the degenerative process in the skeleton is progressive, there is always a way to mitigate the consequences of this moment of life within the most modern medical practices.