At EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region, our orthopedic experts are skilled and dedicated to diagnosing and treating a variety of musculoskeletal conditions and injuries. To help ensure total bone health, we offer many preventative solutions; this includes dual energy x-ray absorptiometry or “DEXA” bone density scans. This innovative technology enables our providers to determine if you have developed, or are at risk of developing, osteoporosis.
In addition to detecting osteoporosis, EmergeOrtho also treats diseases that occur when bones become brittle as a result of losing mass. Consulting with orthopedic doctors that specialize in bone health is vital, as those who are diagnosed with poor bone health are at risk for serious fractures of the hip, spine or ribs.
Ensuring Bone Health Through Patient-Centered Care
According to statistics, an estimated ten million Americans have osteoporosis and an additional 44 million people in the United States have low bone density. At EmergeOrtho our goal is to help protect Triangle area residents by arming them with the latest facts and preventative strategies relating to osteoporosis and poor bone health.
What Is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis occurs when bones lose mass and become brittle. There are rarely any obvious symptoms, so often, the condition frequently goes undiagnosed until a serious fracture occurs. The risk of developing osteoporosis increases dramatically with age.
At EmergeOrtho, our extensive experience has enabled us to help thousands of patients with osteoporosis, identifying and treating the disease in time to prevent more serious problems from developing.
According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), the number of hip fractures due to osteoporosis increases around age 65 in women and age 75 in men. Twenty percent of those with a hip fracture die within one year, while half of those who survive a hip fracture are permanently incapacitated.
You are at greater risk of developing osteoporosis if you:
- Are female
- Age 50 or older
- Have a family history of osteoporosis
- Are petite or have a small body frame
- Have hormonal or thyroid problems
- Are a current smoker
Other Concerns Surrounding Bone Health
While millions of Americans have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, there are other aspects of bone health to consider, such as osteopenia. When an individual is diagnosed with osteopenia, it means that low bone mass has been identified, but is not severe enough to be considered osteoporosis. It is important for this condition to be monitored to avoid developing osteoporosis.
A DEXA bone density scan will reliably and painlessly determine the state of your bone health. Based on the results of your exam, EmergeOrtho orthopedic providers will help devise a personalized plan.