Americare Medical Center
Family and Internal Medicine Practice located in Sunrise, FL & Davie, FL
Without the right treatment plan, osteoporosis leads to severe bone loss and, in many cases, breaks and fractures. A simple bone density scan at Americare Medical Center in Sunrise and Davie, Florida, can help detect signs of osteoporosis early on, so you can get the help you need quickly. Call Americare Medical Center today or book an appointment online to schedule a bone density scan.
Bone Density Screening Q & A
What is osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a gradual condition in which your bones become brittle and porous, leading to bone loss, fractures, and broken bones over time. As your bones become increasingly fragile, they are more prone to serious breaks. Fortunately, there are many preventive steps you can take to slow the progression of osteoporosis or protect yourself against the disease, such as:
- Proper nutrition
- Regular exercise
- Adequate intake of vitamin D
- bone density scan
If you believe you are at risk of developing osteoporosis, schedule an appointment with the experts at Americare Medical Center right away.
What is a bone density scan?
Also known as a DEXA or DXA scan, a bone density scan identifies the number of minerals present in your bones. If the scan shows that the amount of minerals in your bones is declining earlier than expected, you may be at risk for osteoporosis or showing early signs of the condition.
In addition to detecting the presence of osteoporosis, a bone density scan tells your doctor:
- If you are at risk of future bone breaks or fractures
- Whether your osteoporosis medication (if you have been diagnosed) is working
- If a previous broken bone was the result of osteoporosis complications
- What your chances of developing osteoporosis are
A bone density scan is key in preventing osteoporosis, saving you time, money, and pain down the road.
Who should get a bone density scan?
The best time to get your first bone density scan varies from case to case. While many professionals recommend scheduling your first bone density scan around age 65 for women, and age 70 for men, there are certain risks that encourage younger individuals to go in for a scan sooner, such as:
- Previous bone breaks or fractures
- A family history of osteoporosis
- Use of corticosteroid for three months or more
- Low vitamin D levels
- Low body weight
- A rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis
Talk to your doctor about any concerns you have regarding your bone health before you schedule a bone density scan. If you have already had one in the past, it is typically advisable that you follow up with regular scans every two years. To learn more about your options, call Americare Medical Center or book an appointment online today.
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