Osteoporosis and Bone Density Testing
With Osteoporosis, bones become fragile and more likely to break. The disease threatens an estimated 44 million Americans – 10 million individuals already suffer from the disease and an additional 34 million are at risk. Women are four times more likely than men to develop the disease. After the age of 30, the amount of bone begins to decline slowly and the withdrawal of bone mass exceeds the deposit of new bone. Following menopause, loss of bone mass occurs rapidly. This exaggerated loss of bone tissue can cause osteoporosis, spinal fracture (resulting in stooped posture, loss of height, and chronic back pain) or hip fracture.
Bone Density Testing
Bone densitometry is the leading diagnostic tool for osteoporosis. Bone densitometers can accurately measure bone mass and assess fracture risk. Ask your physician about bone density testing to see if it is right for you or call us for more information.