Daedong Hospital, careless fracture caution, lifestyle improvement, calcium nutrition supplementation should be actively treated
[아시아경제 영남취재본부 김용우 기자] It is the time to refrain from going out because of Corona 19, but it is the season of beckoning spring outings.
A few days ago, a housewife in her 50s, who had suffered from menopause, went on a mountaineering with her family to change her mood in spring a few days ago.
I touched the ground with my hand and suffered a wrist injury. At first, there was only mild pain, so I skipped it and applied it in a small amount, but the pain got worse as time passed, so I finally visited the nearest orthopedic surgeon.
As a result of the examination, he was diagnosed with osteoporosis that led to a fracture due to weakened bone strength, and he is undergoing fracture surgery.
Osteoporosis literally means a condition in which the bones are easily broken or damaged as there are many holes in the bones.
It is often said that it is a disease that comes naturally with age, but it can lead to a life-threatening fracture injury as it progresses without any special symptoms, so be extra careful.
According to data released by the Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service, the number of osteoporosis treatments increased by 26.3% from 854,215 in 2016 to 107,9548 in 2019.
Women (94.4%) were significantly higher than men (5.6%).
In women, bone size is relatively lower than in men, and bone density tends to decrease rapidly after menopause due to estrogen decline.
In addition to aging or hormonal changes, it can be caused by drugs or diseases that affect bone metabolism.
Recently, the incidence of osteoporosis in adult women is increasing due to lack of nutrients due to excessive diet, as well as the elderly and elderly people in their 50s or older.
As in the case of Mr. A, women who have passed menopause after their 50s are prone to fractures due to falls when climbing or exercising.
Most people fall and unconsciously place their hands on the ground, and as the weight is placed on the wrist and forearm, the bones are easily broken.
When you fall, bend your knees and sit down or lower your body and put your center of gravity in front of you to prevent fracture.
When climbing, using a cane or stick to support the weight on the slope, maintain balance, and protect the knee joint helps to prevent accidents.
Osteoporosis is diagnosed by comparing the bone density value with the average value using a bone density test device, and according to the judgment of the medical staff, it is treated with drugs that prevent bone resorption or promote bone formation.
Daedong Hospital Joint Center Director Jin-hyuk Seo (orthopedic surgeon). [이미지출처=대동병원]
Jin-hyuk Seo (orthopedic specialist) of Daedong Hospital’s Joint Center said, “Osteoporosis is a disease that has no symptoms at all, which is nicknamed as a quiet bone thief. It’s important to know.”
Manager Seo advised, “In a state of low bone strength because osteoporosis has already progressed, the bone can be easily broken even with light external force, so it is necessary to prevent and manage osteoporosis in life.”
In order to prevent osteoporosis, it is recommended to consume milk, anchovies, and dairy products rich in calcium that make up the bones, and it is good to be exposed to the sun for a certain period of time to consume vitamin D, a nutrient that determines bone quality.
Vitamin D is difficult to supplement with the foods we normally consume, so if you are not exposed to much sunlight, you should consider health supplements. In addition, even if you have ingested good nutrients, you need to give proper stimulation to your bones to maintain bone quality, so it is good to exercise for yourself for about 30 minutes a day.
Reporter Kim Yong-woo, Youngnam Coverage Headquarters [email protected]