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Osteogenesis Imperfecta Treatment

There are conventional and natural treatments for osteogenesis imperfecta and its symptoms. However, a comprehensive treatment program customized to your particular needs is a wise approach.

Conventional Treatment
Natural Treatment
What Should You Do Next?

Conventional Treatment for Osteogenesis Imperfecta

Treatment is directed toward preventing or controlling the symptoms, maximizing independent mobility, and developing optimal bone mass and muscle strength. Care of fractures, extensive surgical and dental procedures, and physical therapy are often recommended for people with OSTEOGENESIS IMPERFECTA. Use of wheelchairs, braces, and other mobility aids is common, particularly (although not exclusively) among people with more severe types of osteogenesis imperfecta.

A surgical procedure called "rodding" is frequently considered for individuals with OSTEOGENESIS IMPERFECTA. This treatment involves inserting metal rods through the length of the long bones to strengthen them and prevent and/or correct deformities.

Several medications and other treatments are being or have been explored for their potential use to treat osteogenesis imperfecta. The OI Foundation can provide current information on research studies and experimental treatments for OSTEOGENESIS IMPERFECTA, as well as information to help individuals decide whether to participate in clinical trials.


Natural or Alternative Treatment for Osteogenesis Imperfecta

Treatment Strategy

Lifestyle

Dietary


Nutritional Supplements

Botanical (Herbal) Medicine

Catechin (from Uncaria Gambir). Catechin has been shown to reduce fractures. There is also histological, electron microscopic, and biochemical evidence of improvement after treatment.(Cetta, Lenzi et al. 1977; Jones, Cummings et al. 1984) Catechin’s role in improving collagen defects in OI probably centers around its ability to:

Homeopathy

A detailed homeopathic history may be taken to determine the most appropriate homeopathic remedy for a child.

Supplement Quality Is Important

Our intention when we use nutritional and botanical supplements is for these treatments to have a physiological effect and clinical benefit, meaning that they are effective and your health improves.

The quality of nutritional supplements in the general marketplace is suspect. In order to get the maximum benefit to your health, be sure you purchase the highest quality nutritional supplements.


What Should You Do Next?

The doctors at The Connecticut Center for Health are quite experienced in how to treat osteogenesis imperfecta.

If you would like to learn more about natural medicine approaches to osteogenesis imperfecta, contact one of our clinics for a free consultation about osteogenesis imperfecta or an appointment.

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