Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens bones, making them brittle and more likely to break. It is known as a silent disease because bone loss occurs without symptoms. As a result, many individuals are unaware that they have osteoporosis until they experience a fracture or break. The condition is more common in older adults, particularly women, but it can affect anyone.
During our lives, bone tissue breaks down constantly and is replaced. Osteoporosis occurs when the replacement can’t keep up with bone loss. This imbalance results in decreased bone density and increased risk of fractures. The impact of the fractures can be significant, leading to pain, disability, and even mortality in severe cases.
The Need for Effective Treatment
Osteoporosis affects over 200 million people worldwide. Given its widespread prevalence and potential complications, there is a pressing need for effective treatments to strengthen the bones and reduce the risk of fractures.
Traditional treatments have focused on slowing down bone loss and increasing bone density. Still, there has been a growing demand for more innovative solutions that can offer better outcomes and improve the quality of life for those affected by this condition.
How It Works
In pursuing a breakthrough osteoporosis treatment, the introduction of Evenity has created considerable excitement. Evenity, also called romosozumab, is a new class of bone-forming therapy designed to address the underlying cause of osteoporosis. It stimulates bone formation and increases bone mass, leading to stronger and more resilient bones.
By blocking a protein called sclerostin, Evenity promotes the growth of new bone and enhances bone mineral density. This novel approach distinguishes Evenity from existing osteoporosis treatments. It has positioned it as a promising option for individuals seeking a more effective and comprehensive solution for managing their bone health.
Benefits of Evenity Treatment
The introduction of Evenity has brought forth a range of potential benefits that hold significant promise for individuals grappling with osteoporosis:
- Improved Bone Strength and Density – Evenity has demonstrated the ability to significantly increase bone mineral density and enhance bone strength, thereby reducing fractures. This can have a profound impact on the well-being and mobility of individuals affected by osteoporosis.
- Reduced Fracture Risk – Evenity has shown promising results in lowering the likelihood of fractures, offering a way to safeguard individuals from the consequences of fragile bones.
- Rapid Onset of Action – Evenity has been recognized for its relatively fast action, leading to early improvements in bone density and strength. This rapid response can be particularly valuable for individuals who require immediate intervention to address their bone health concerns.
- Convenient Administration – Evenity is administered through subcutaneous injections, allowing for a convenient and manageable treatment regimen.
Potential Side Effects
As with any medication, it is essential to consider the potential side effects and considerations associated with Evenity. Common side effects may include joint pain, headache, and muscle cramps, although these are typically mild. In some cases, allergic reactions or injection site reactions may occur, requiring careful monitoring and management.
If you or a loved one are dealing with osteoporosis, consult with your SMC physician specialist to learn more about Evenity and whether it may be a suitable treatment option for you.
Conditions We Treat
We provide ultrasound-guided arthrocentesis (joint injections) of both steroids and gel injections such as Orthovisc and Synvisc.
We offer a state-of-the art private infusion center at each location, offering the following medications and more:
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