Our clinic provides a dual-energy absorptiometry (DXA) scan, which is a simple, non-invasive procedure which measures the bone mineral content in various sites of the body, allowing a physician to diagnose osteoporosis and assess a patient’s risk of suffering bone fractures.

Who needs one? Generally, women over 50 should get a DXA-Scan, although it’s good for those in their early 40’s to have a baseline scan for comparison in the years to come. Men can also benefit from a bone density test as bone density loss can happen to anyone.

Bone Health: Frequently Asked Questions

Osteoporosis, which means “porous bone,” is a disease that reduces bone density and often leads to fractures, pain and physical deformity. The disease may progress silently for years, showing no symptoms until painful or debilitating fractures occur. Osteoporosis occurs when the structure within bones becomes fragile and allows them to break easily. These broken bones are often referred to as ‘fragility fractures’. Although fractures can occur in different parts of the body, the wrists, hips and spine are most commonly affected. It is these broken bones or fractures which can lead to the pain associated with osteoporosis. Spinal fractures can also cause loss of height and curvature of the spine.
RISK FACTORS FOR BONE DEGRADATION
  • Natural or Surgical Menopause
  • Prolonged Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Previous Fracture
  • Use of Medication including Steroids and Hormones
  • Caucasian or Asian Descent
  • Thin or Small Build
  • Family History of Osteoporosis
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Inactive Lifestyle
  • Inadequate Calcium Intake