Bone Density Screening
A bone density screening is a special screening to measure the density of bones. This is a non-invasive test that can be done in less than 30 minutes in our office.
Osteoporosis: or bone loss is a bone disorder characterized by porous and brittle bones.
Osteopenia: or the thinning of the bones, often precedes osteoporosis.
Facts about Osteoporosis:
- There are no symptoms until you have a fracture.
- Over half of all women will have an osteoporotic fracture during their lifetime.
- In the first year following a hip fracture, the death rate can be as high as 20 percent.
- About 50 percent previously independent individuals become partially dependent and a third become totally dependent.
- If you have osteoporosis, you may fracture bones just by lifting groceries or making a bed.
Did You Know:
- If you are in between the ages of 20-40 years old, you can prevent bone loss and build new bone.
- If you are over 50 years old with bone loss, you can stop bone loss and build new bone.
- If you have already had a fracture, it is not too late. Learn how to stop bone loss, relieve pain, and even straighten your back.
Treatment of Osteoporosis:
- Supplements for prevention: Calcium and Vitamin D.
- Medications for prevention and treatment: various estrogen products, Evista, Fosamax, Actonel, Miacalcin and Forteo
- Physical therapy program designed to teach balance, weight bearing exercises and prevention of falls. This program focuses on the following:
- Site specific exercises
- Shoulder Stabilization
- Healthy body mechanics