Bone Density and Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis and Osteopenia, also called low bone mass, may not display symptoms. It's important to have your bone density tested to prevent fractures of the hip, forearm or spine. Northeast OB/Gyn offers quick and painless bone density testing in-office.
Dr. Bruce Akright and our technicians are certified by the International Society of Clinical Densitometry, so they possess specialized knowledge, skills, and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of low bone mass.
Evaluation and Treatment
If our bone density test reveals low bone mass, our physicians offer counseling to determine which treatment option is best for you. There are different types of medication, such as bisphosphonates and hormones available.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I prevent bone loss or Osteoporosis?
Some of the measures you can take to protect your bones are by getting your daily recommended amounts of calcium and vitamin D, engaging in regular weight-bearing exercise, avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol intake, and being proactive in monitoring your bone density by getting tested.
How do I know if I am at risk of Osteoporosis?
There are many factors that can put you at risk, such as low calcium intake, tobacco use, eating disorders and an inactive lifestyle. Unfortunately women are at greater risk than men. Since low bone mass is asymptomatic, it is important that you get tested to determine your personal risk.
Is Osteoporosis genetic or hereditary?
There are definite hereditary factors involved in this disease. If you are menopausal and your mother has been diagnosed with Osteoporosis, you should have a test done to assess your own risk factors.