Bone Health

bonehealth-sidebarBone density testing is recommended to detect weakened bones.

Women’s Care providers are devoted to providing early diagnosis and treatment of osteopenia and osteoporosis, in order to ensure great bone health throughout your life.

Techniques to prevent bone loss:

  • Adequate calcium intake throughout your life
    • Teens: 1300 mg daily
    • Ages 19-50: 1000 mg daily
    • Over age 50: 1200 mg daily
  • Exercise throughout your life, with attention to weight bearing exercise
  • Adequate Vitamin D supplements
    • Less than age 50: 600 IU daily
    • Over age 50: 800 IU daily
  • Bone density screening for osteoporosis when appropriate

Bone density screening: A bone density or DEXA scan is recommended at 65 years of age or earlier if one of the following risk factors are present: previous fracture, chronic steroid use, close family history of hip fracture, low body weight, smoking, and other medical problems.

We at Women’s Care provide comfortable and quality DEXA (bone density) scans in the privacy of the office you already know! Painless and safe measurements are taken in multiple locations. Each test also comes with a T score calculation, which estimates your individual risk for a fracture.

Please call to schedule a bone scan, or DEXA, or to discuss your risk with a Women’s Care provider.

Osteopenia: is a precursor for osteoporosis. It is considered to be a weakness of the bones that can worsen to osteoporosis unless steps are taken to prevent this weakness from progressing. A variety of exercise and dietary changes are available to slow its progress.

Osteoporosis: Osteoporosis is a condition where your bones are much more fragile and are prone to fractures, which can be debilitating and vastly decrease your quality of life.

Diagnosis of osteoporosis is made through bone scan, also known as DEXA. The addition of the Fracture Risk Calculator (or FRAX) can additionally calculate one’s risk of fracture. Based on these results, your Women’s Care provider can recommend treatment for you which addresses exercise, nutrition and possibly medication. See your Women’s Care provider for more information and treatment.