People usually do not know they have osteoporosis until they break a bone because of it. That’s why it’s very important to be tested for osteoporosis if you’re at risk so you don’t break bones.
Osteoporosis and associated fractures can rob you of your mobility and your independence. Osteoporosis is a disease that reduces the strength of your bones, causing them to become brittle and prone to fractures. Approximately 54% of women over the age of 50 have osteoporosis and are at risk of an osteoporosis-related fracture.
Bone Mineral Density tests use small amounts of radiation to determine the density of the spine, hip, wrist, and other bones. This information can help your doctor diagnose osteoporosis or assess your risk for developing osteoporosis in the future. Early diagnosis can make a difference in your life and can help you reduce your risk of fracture.
The physicians at Aspen Orthopedics can order the appropriate testing to diagnose osteoporosis. They work with every patient to determine an appropriate treatment plan.