Osteoporosis is a silent, progressive disease characterized by decreased bone density and increased bone fragility, with a consequent susceptibility to fracture. In the United States, over 28 million people are at high risk of developing osteoporosis and up to 1.5 million fractures a year are attributable to this disease.
Risk factors for osteoporosis include:
- Greater than 50 years of age
- Family history of fractures
- Early menopause
- Diet low in calcium
- Thin and small framed
Bone densitometry, or DEXA (Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry), measures the strength of your bones to determine whether you are at risk for developing osteoporosis or osteopenia (decreased bone mass) — osteopenia often develops into osteoporosis. Doctors use the test to develop an appropriate treatment plan to slow the progression of disease and prevent fractures. Early detection can allow doctors to begin therapy when it can be most beneficial.
To schedule an appointment call (850) 626-5130 Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. A physician's order is required.