At Medford Women’s Clinic, we offer osteoporosis screening using DEXA technology. We have certified bone densitometrists who interpret the DEXA scans and make recommendations for treatment. We can also evaluate patients for the cause of low bone mass.
Osteoporosis is a disease of low bone mass, which can lead to fractures. There are no symptoms until a bone breaks. A spine fracture may cause significant pain. Hip fractures can be devastating, as 25% of people with a hip fracture die within a year and 50% are permanently incapacitated. Fortunately low bone mass can be detected early using Dual-energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA). This is a painless test that exposes you to less radiation than daily living.
Risks for osteoporosis include:
- Low body weight (127 lbs. or less)
- Family history of osteoporosis
- Personal history of bone fracture with minimal trauma
- Advanced age
- Low estrogen status usually due to natural or surgical menopause
- Use of steroids such as prednisone
- Low calcium intake
- Lack of exercise
Our trained clinicians can evaluate your risks and DEXA results, and treat osteoporosis with the latest medications and lifestyle modifications.