At Cape Fear Orthopedics, we offer the most advanced bone density test that is used to detect the decrease in bone mass associated with osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis otherwise known as the “brittle bone disease,” causes a weakening of the bones that can ultimately result in fractures. Often the result of a fall or household duties, fractures commonly occur in the hips, spine, wrists, arms, and legs.
The most commonly known risk factors for osteoporosis include:
- aging females
- having low sex hormones (most common during menopause)
- lower body weight
- use of some medications
Prevention and treatment options for osteoporosis include getting an increase of vitamin D and calcium, maintaining regular exercise program, and if needed, the use of osteoporosis medications.
A bone density scan is the only way to accurately diagnose osteoporosis. Once the severity of osteoporosis is determined, the development of a plan to help prevent the on-set or the progression of the disease is important.