Many Americans are taking steps to be proactive about their health; eating better food, seeing doctors regularly and being more active. However, many people forget how important it is to think about the things they can’t see, like their bones! Osteoporosis is the most common bone disease affecting an estimated 44 million Americans. The disease occurs when some bones are less dense than others and therefore, less strong.
Though osteoporosis affects both men and women, it has been shown that women are at a greater risk due to lower bone density. Menopause is also an important factor that increases a woman’s chance of having osteoporosis, but that’s not to say that men should not be concerned with their bone health. Normally, bone deterioration cannot be felt, causing osteoporosis to go undetected until the sufferer experiences a fracture or has a screen test checking for BMD. However, some sufferers experience symptoms such as pain and tenderness, fractures, loss of height, lower back or neck pain or stooped posture.
Protecting yourself from osteoporosis can be achieved by building good bone strength with regular exercise and receiving nutrients such as vitamin D, magnesium, and calcium. Patients with a family history of osteoporosis or who have had breast cancer are at greater risk and should take more aggressive precautions.
Bone Mineral Density (BMD) testing is crucial when determining whether osteoporosis is present but fortunately, it is quick and painless. Since an X-Ray machine is used, patients may be asked to remove all jewelry and to lie still, but the process is noninvasive and not intimidating to those with claustrophobia.
We perform Bone Density testing daily at Rosetta Radiology. Make sure to call us to schedule your appointment today! We look forward to seeing you soon!