Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become fragile and more likely to break and result in a fracture. Any bone can be affected, but the fractures at the spine, hip, and wrist are of special concern. Women are four times more likely than men to develop osteoporosis. It typically affects menopausal women; however, it may also affect patients of any age.
Osteoporosis is a silent disease and therefore it is important to identify those patients that would benefit from screening with a measurement of bone density.
The only sure way to determine bone density and fracture risk for osteoporosis is to have a bone mass measurement (also called bone mineral density test or BMD test).
At the Women’s Clinic of South Texas, we use the latest technology to perform our BMD tests. Both clinics, McAllen and Edinburg, have in-house DXA flat bed equipment that allow us to measure the bone mass of the spine and hip. This is the most accurate clinical technique to assess for osteoporosis.
As women grow older they continue to experience some degree of bone loss. Early detection is the key to treat osteoporosis. A simple 5 minute painless exam will detect any early signs of this condition.
To learn more, visit the National Osteoporosis Foundation website at www.nof.org.