If you are a postmenopausal woman who is 50 years of age or older, have recently sustained a fracture, or have one or more risk factors for osteoporosis, we recommend a bone density test. We use this easy, noninvasive test to accurately assess your bone health and diagnose osteoporosis. If we find your bone health is very low or declining, we can recommend treatments to prevent future fractures.
Bone Density Testing
Bone density testing is the most accurate way to determine your bone strength, diagnose osteoporosis, or determine if you are at an increased risk for the condition.
Conducted right in our office, this test involves a machine that estimates the amount of bone in your hip, spine, and other bones. Results from this test will help our physicians make proper recommendations to protect your bones.
As you age, the risk for osteoporosis increases. Other risk factors for the condition include:
- Gender – more women than men
- Low body weight or small, thin body type
- Broken bones, loss of height
- Poor nutrition choices, including not enough calcium, vitamin D, fruits or vegetables, and too much protein, sodium, caffeine, or alcohol
- Inactive lifestyle
Prevention & Treatment
Medication therapy and lifestyle changes such as diet, exercise, or quitting smoking play a significant role in controlling pain from osteoporosis and slowing or stopping bone loss. We will monitor the effects of your treatment through regularly scheduled bone density exams and visits with your physician.