Bone Density Testing

Bone Density Testing to Promote Everyday Wellness

Bone density testing tells us if you are at risk for developing osteoporosis. A bone density test is an x-ray or CT scan of the bone.

We strive to support our patients through the emotional aspects of preventive diagnostic testing. Sometimes we hear that patients are fearful of receiving negative results as the reason they do not stay up-to-date on important testing. Bone density testing is non-invasive, painless, and takes no time at all to perform. Rather than experience anxiety surrounding the thought of performing preventive testing measures, we encourage our patients to consider any results as positive, conclusive information that offers an opportunity to always improve health.

Testing can be performed in two different ways. A central scan is to predict your risk of fractures and will be performed while you are lying down on a soft table. A peripheral scan is performed to evaluate smaller regions, such as wrists, ankles, legs, heels and fingers.

Who are Ideal Candidates for Bone Density Testing?

  • Women who are age 65 and older
  • Postmenopausal women who have recently suffered a bone fracture
  • Women who are 60 and older who already experienced a known risk for osteoporosis
  • Women who experience health concerns or take certain medications that may affect bone loss

Why is Bone Density Testing Important?

Osteoporosis affects over 10 million people in the US, but with bone density testing, it can be significantly prevented and treated. When bone density decreases, it increases your chances of falling and consequently, suffering from fracture.

Regular testing can help assess your risk and how to manage this risk. Decreased bone density may also affect other health concerns you are experiencing.

Weight bearing and muscle strengthening exercises that help build bone

  • Cardio exercises, such as jogging, running, and dancing
  • Pilates and yoga using your own body weight
  • Elliptical & stair-step machines
  • Low-impact aerobics

Non-impact exercises

  • Posture exercises to reduce spinal curvature or sloping shoulders to help reduce falling
  • Balance exercises, such as tai chi, to help prevent falling
  • Activities of daily living that may be troublesome should be performed with regular frequency to avoid falling

Before beginning a new exercise program, please ask us whether low or high impact exercise programs are most appropriate for you.

At your visit we will discuss a personalized approach for your results if treatment is necessary. Contact us today to schedule your bone density screening and get on the path to being the strong woman that you are.

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