Lone Tree Family Practice is proud to offer X-Ray Services and Bone Density Testing in the office to our patients to make scheduling appointments easier and more convenient.
Bone Density Patient Information
A bone density test measures the density of your bones to estimate their strength. Essentially, it’s a measure of the health of your bones.
As you age, minerals are constantly being added to and taken away from your bones. When minerals are lost faster than they are added, your bones become lighter, less dense, and more porous. This is called osteopenia, a natural process that begins in midlife. It makes your bones weaker and more likely to break. Bone density loss can begin earlier for some people due to heredity and certain medical conditions or treatments.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteopenia can develop into osteoporosis, a condition in which bones become thin and brittle. More than 25 million Americans suffer from osteoporosis, which can result in:
- Loss of height or a hump in your back
- Chronic pain
- Loss of movement due to bone fractures
- A higher risk of hip fractures
Why is Bone Density Testing Necessary?
- To determine if you have or might develop osteoporosis
- To help your doctor recommend ways to prevent more bone loss and strengthen weak bones
- To determine if you are at risk for fractures, and help you take steps to minimize the risk
- To monitor your treatment and check your progress
Why Do I Need a Bone Density Test?Your physician might order a bone density test if you have one or more of the following risk factors for osteoporosis:
- Women past menopause – When menopause occurs, the amount of estrogen (a hormone) in a woman’s body decreases. Without estrogen, the body breaks down bone more quickly
- A condition (such as Cushing’s syndrome or diabetes) that can weaken bones
- Taking medications (such as corticosteroids or thyroid medications) that can weaken bones
- Advancing age
- A family history of osteoporosis
- A diet low in calcium
- Excessive alcohol consumption
Talk to your Provider if a Bone Density is appropriate for you.