Back pain….  A broken bone…. Stooped posture… Loss of height

What do all of these have in common?  These can all be signs of osteoporosis. 

Osteoporosis is called the “silent disease” because there typically are no symptoms in the early stages. Once it progresses, we have an increased risk of breaking a bone, losing height or having back pain due to compression or fractures in the spine. As we age, we lose bone density and our bones become weaker.  It is estimated that 1 in every 2 women over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis, as will 1 in 4 men over the age of 50.

How do I find out if I have osteoporosis? 

If you have had a low-impact fracture as an adult, you likely have osteoporosis.  Osteoporosis can be diagnosed with a bone scan called a DXA. DXA scans are recommended every two years for the following populations:

• Women over the age of 65, or younger with risk factors
• Men over the age of 70, or younger with risk factors
• Anyone over the age of 50 with a broken bone
• Anyone with 1½ inches of height loss
• Anyone with back pain due to a possible break in your spine

Why is it important to be treated?

Osteoporosis is preventable and treatable.  After you have a fracture due to osteoporosis, you are 86% more likely to have another fracture in the next year.  Let’s face it, fractures are inconvenient, costly, and can even have permanent impacts on our life.  Many people lose independence after a fracture.  It is estimated that 24% of hip fracture patients over the age of 50 will die in the year following the fracture. Fractures can and should be prevented!

How can I have my bone health evaluated?

As one of the top orthopedic practices in the area, we are committed to bone health and the management of osteoporosis.  We want to see all of our patients living full and active lives without the interruption of fractures.  As such, we offer a full-service Bone Health Clinic that provides specialized osteoporosis management programs, tailored to each individual patient.

If you have had a broken bone as an adult or have other risk factors for osteoporosis, medications may be helpful to prevent future fractures. Make an appointment to see one of our certified specialists in our Bone Health Clinic.