Maximum Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
Maxim Tyorkin, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine Specialist located in Forest Hills, NY & Upper East Side, New York, NY
More than 50 million men and women in the U.S. suffer from osteoporosis and low bone density, placing them at a much higher risk for fractures. Dr. Tyorkin uses advanced diagnostic and treatment techniques to help patients from the Upper East Side and Forest Hills, N.Y., areas manage their conditions and avoid fractures.
Osteoporosis Q & A
What is osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis literally means “porous bone,” and it describes a condition where bone tissue isn't naturally replaced by the body as quickly as it needs to be. As a result, bones become weaker over time, and fractures can occur more easily – sometimes just from normal activities. Osteoporosis can occur in any bone tissue, but it most commonly occurs in the hip or thigh, forearm and spine. Osteoporosis is a major contributing cause of hip fractures in the elderly.
What causes osteoporosis?
Everyone loses bone mass as they age, beginning at about age 35. Over an average lifetime, women lose about 30 percent to 50 percent of bone mass while men lose from 20 percent to 30 percent. The underlying causes of osteoporosis are not entirely understood, but there are some risk factors that have been linked with a higher incidence of the condition including:
reduction in progesterone during menopause
excessive use of alcohol
What is a bone density test?
A bone density test is the preferred method for determining if someone has osteoporosis. It's a non-invasive test that uses x-rays to measure the amount of calcium and other minerals in a specific section of bone. Because osteoporosis results in mineral loss, low bone density may indicate the presence of osteoporosis and a higher risk for fractures. Bone density tests are also used for managing osteoporosis treatments.
How can I prevent osteoporosis?
Making sure you get plenty of calcium and vitamin D is essential for helping bones replace calcium and improve density. Weight-bearing exercises also help build strong bones, and quitting smoking is critical. Dr. Tyorkin can work with you to develop a program of care to improve you bone density and help reduce your risk of fractures.
Major Insurance Providers Accepted
We are always accepting new pateints. We accept most major insurance plans, Medicare, and Worker's compensation. If you any questions, please call one of our office locations.