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Osteoporosis (OP) is a skeletal disorder characterized by decreased bone strength, and loss of both density and structure, leading to an increase in fracture risk.

There are seldom any signs or symptoms that bones are losing density or becoming more fragile, until a fracture occurs.

Bone density decreases dramatically with age. You have a greater risk of developing OP if you:

  • Are age 50 or older
  • Have a family history of hip fracture/OP
  • Are petite or have a small body frame
  • Have hormonal or thyroid problems
  • Are a current smoker

Women over the age of 65 and men over the age of 75 are more prone to serious fractures due to OP. Hip, spine and wrist fractures can cause significant life impact, and there is only one way to know if you are more susceptible: a bone density scan.

The dual energy x-ray absorptiometry or “DXA” scan detects bone density. This innovative technology enables our providers to determine if you have developed, or are at risk of developing, osteoporosis.

A DXA bone density scan will simply, reliably and painlessly determine the state of your bone health!

A DXA should be performed if:

• Anyone who has a significant fracture ( a fragility fracture) from a standing height over the age of 40

• Men over the age of 70 and women over the age of 65

• Men or women under those ages with risk factors, such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Kidney Diseases, Gastrointestinal Diseases, Endocrine Diseases, Chronic prednisone use, etc

• Women at the onset of menopause, in our opinion should have a DXA, as bone loss accelerates by as much as 2.5% per year for 5 to 7 years. While it may not be covered by insurance, it establishes a base line for future evaluations and treatment.

If you have low bone mass, there are medications that can help fortify your bones and delay or prevent the onset or progression of OP. The Bone Health Specialists at Golden State Orthopedics & Spine will be available to discuss these treatment options, including life style measures, to help you determine what works best for you.

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