How is osteogenesis imperfecta treated?
The goal of treatment is to prevent or control symptoms of OI.
- Bone strengthening medicines: Your doctor may prescribe bone strengthening medicines to slow bone loss and reduce the frequency and seriousness of broken bones.
- Pain medicines: Your doctor may prescribe pain medicines to treat pain caused by broken bones.
Broken Bone Care
Your doctor may cast, splint, or brace a broken bone to help it heal correctly.
Your doctor may recommend surgery for many reasons:
- To fix a broken bone.
- To support or correct that are curved or bowed.
- To support the spine.
Many children with OI have surgery in which a metal rod is placed into a bone. This is called rodding surgery. Rodding surgery is performed to support the bone and prevent the bone from breaking.
Your doctor may recommend a walker, cane, crutches, or wheelchair to reduce injuries.
Physical or Occupational Therapy
You may benefit from physical or occupational therapy, which can help you:
- Build muscle strength, which may help prevent broken bones.
- Learn how to avoid injuries.
- Safely perform activities of daily living.
- Recover from broken bones.
Some people with OI have brittle teeth that chip or crack easily. You may require special dental care.
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