Osteoporosis & Bone Health

Osteoporosis affects more than 10 million Americans, with women four times more likely to develop osteoporosis than men. If you are concerned about osteoporosis, consider a bone densitometry study.

What is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a disease that thins and weakens the bones, making them brittle over time. Bones most affected by osteoporosis include hips, spines, and wrists.

Osteoporosis seldom has symptoms and can be quickly diagnosed with bone loss after a fracture. However, your doctor may suspect osteoporosis if you:

  • Are losing height over time
  • Have developed a stooped posture
  • Are noticing bone fractures occurring much easier than normal

How does someone get osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is often a common effect of aging, especially in older women. Risk factors include:

  • Getting older
  • Having a family history of osteoporosis or bone loss
  • Certain medications
  • Being a caucasian or Asian woman
  • Having low bone density
  • Being small and thin

What is a bone densitometry study?

A bone densitometry study tests the minerals to ensure you have proper bone health. It's an accurate way to diagnose and recommend treatment before a fracture occurs. It also benefits the therapy in those who already suffer from the problem.

Who should have a bone densitometry study?

Experts recommend this test for post-menopausal women with risk factors such as family history, women who are 65 years old or older, men or women on corticosteroid treatment (such as prednisone), men or women with a history of fracture not caused by severe trauma, and people with hormonal abnormalities such as hyperparathyroidism.

Bone densitometry is easy and safe. The study is non-invasive, requires no preparation, and takes less than 20 minutes. The radiation exposure is a fraction of that obtained from a chest x-ray.

For more information about this screening procedure, talk to your doctor. Only a physician can schedule you for this special diagnostic study.

Make an Appointment

For more information about bone health or to schedule an appointment for a bone screening, call 484-628-4357.