Osteoporosis Screening and Management

Osteoporosis can be detected and treated using painless, non-invasive bone density screening in our offices.

Osteoporosis, or “porous bone,” is a condition in which bones become weak and can break from something as simple as a minor fall. The condition affects four times as many women as men; one in every two women over age 50 is likely to have some evidence of low bone density. What’s more, osteoporosis can progress undetected until a fracture occurs—most often in the hip, spine or wrist. Hip fractures are especially worrying, since they usually require major surgery and can result in permanent loss of mobility.

Ok, ready for some good news? WHA offers painless, non-invasive bone density testing, known as “DEXA scanning” in our offices (stands for dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry). We have certified bone densitometrists on staff who are physicians or nurse practitioners with additional training and certification that helps them to interpret the results and recommend treatment, if required, and future screening.

Some more good news: The test is easy. If your clothing contains no metal, you may not even have to put on an examination gown. You simply lie on a padded table while low-level x-rays scan your bones. The radiation level used is about ten times lower than that of a standard chest x-ray.

Generally, screening for osteoporosis is recommended for women of average risk beginning at age 65. When to start and how often to screen can vary from person to person, so talk to your provider if you:

  • have had broken bones as an adult;
  • have a biological parent who has had a hip fracture; or
  • smoke, drink excessively or are underweight.

Remember, while osteoporosis may sound scary, there’s a lot we can do to prevent and mitigate the effects of it. So let’s get to it!

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