WHAT IS OSTEOPOROSIS?

Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by the thinning and deterioration of bone tissue and loss of bone density.  It is a condition common in post-menopausal women that can generally progresses over time and can lead to an increase risk of fracturing bones.

WHAT are the SYMPTOMS OF OSTEOPOROSIS?

Osteoporosis may not cause any symptoms at all.  Over time, signs of osteoporosis may develop and include severe back pain, loss of height, a stooped posture, and bone fractures from seemingly minor falls.

WHAT is the TREATMENT FOR OSTEOPOROSIS?

Medicines known as bisphosphonates are the standard of care for the treatment of osteoporosis.  These come in both pill form and injectable form and can be given as frequently as once a week or as infrequently as once per year, depending on the specific type of medication used.  The hope is that over time these medicines increase bone density and prevent fractures.

HOW IS OSTEOPOROSIS DETECTED?

Osteoporosis is diagnosed by getting a bone density test with a bone densitometer.  This test will tell your doctor whether you have normal bone density, osteopenia (thinning of the bone but not enough thinning to be considered osteoporosis), or osteoporosis.  It also helps determine your risk of fracture.

WHERE CAN I GET A BONE DENSITY TEST?

We offer in-house testing with our Hologic Bone Densitometer.  Kathy, our Certified Clinical Densitometry Technician, has been serving as our bone density technician since 1999. Testing is available to our patients who are deemed appropriate for testing, and we also accept referrals from other physicians for bone density testing.