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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:
    • Posture
    • Site specific exercises
    • Balance
    • Walking
    • Shoulder Stabilization
    • Healthy body mechanics

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