Clinical Assessment and A Simple, Painless Test Could Change Everything
Your clinician can assess if you have clinical risk factors such a previous fracture, family members with a fracture especially hip fractures, the medical conditions such as rheumatoid or another form of arthritis, asthma, diabetes, thyroid condition, being on certain drugs such as steroids, breast cancer and prostate cancer treatments, etc.
Clinical assessment can help determine your future fracture likelihood.
Some patients will require a bone density test. This test shows if you have normal bone density, low bone density or osteoporosis. The lower your bone density, the greater your risk of breaking a bone. A bone density test can help:
- determine if you have weak bones or osteoporosis before you break a bone
- let you know if you have osteoporosis after you break a bone
- predict your chance of breaking a bone in the future
- determine if your bone density is changing
- find out how well an osteoporosis medicine is working for you
The results of your bone density test will help your healthcare professional make recommendations about what you can do to reduce your chance of breaking a bone. When making a decision about treatment with an osteoporosis medicine, your clinician will also consider your risk factors for osteoporosis, your likelihood of breaking a bone in the future, your medical history, and your current health.
About Osteoporosis Tests
Osteoporosis, a disease characterized by weakened and fragile bone tissue leading to an increased chance of breaking a bone, is the most significant bone disease in America. Bone mass in older adults equals the peak bone mass achieved by age 18-25 minus the amount of bone subsequently lost. Peak bone mass is determined largely by genetic factors, with contributions from nutrition, endocrine status, physical activity and health during growth. Lifestyle factors such as smoking, drinking alcohol to excess, and inadequate physical activity cause or contribute to osteoporosis and bone breaks. Low calcium intake and vitamin D deficiency also play a role. (SOURCE: IOF)