In your body, your bones are constantly being changed. With this disease, there is an interruption in the natural changing process in the bones and they become weak so the body tries to compensate by depositing more calcium causing the bones to become misshapen. It mostly affects the bones of the spine, skull, pelvis, and legs. Because of the increase in bone size, the cardiovascular system needs to work harder to circulate blood which can result in cardiovascular problems.
The cause of this disease is unknown but may be linked to certain genes. The disease is usually diagnosed more frequently in men over the age of 40. People with this disease are at a greater risk for fractures and pinched nerves. Many people with this disease do not experience symptoms until the bones are misshapen causing postural and biomechanical abnormalities. Once this occurs, symptoms include:
- Bone pain
- Tingling or numbness in the arms or legs
- Joint pain
Exercise, especially standing, can help your body to try to fix the interruption in bone remodeling. Your doctor may recommend seeing a physical therapist to determine the appropriate duration and force to prevent any damage to your bones or muscles. Examples include: increasing motion with stretching, strengthening weak muscles, aerobics for improved cardiovascular endurance, working on balance and walking, and preventing falls.
We treat patients with Paget’s Disease in the 34711 area!