As we age, our bones tend to lose density, making them more susceptible to osteoporosis and fractures. Osteoporosis, characterized by low bone mass and structural deteriorations, occurs when bone isn't replaced as quickly as it's removed, leading to porous bones.
Postmenopausal women and men over 70 are most commonly diagnosed with osteoporosis, which can turn a minor fall into a severe fracture, often observed in elderly individuals breaking their hips or pelvis after a simple fall.
The good news is that osteoporosis is preventable, detectable, and treatable. At Catalyst Medical Group, we specialize in diagnosing and treating osteoporosis-related conditions. Bone mineral density (BMD) testing is done through dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA), which:
- Is a painless, noninvasive procedure, similar to X-ray imaging
- Uses low-dose radiation absorbed differently by bones and soft tissues
- Assesses the mineral content in bones
- Determines the risk for osteoporosis and fractures
We generally recommend DEXA testing for women over 65, men over 70, and adults over 50 who've experienced ground-level falls resulting in fractures. If your testing indicates a risk for osteoporosis, our experts create a personalized treatment plan to address your needs.
Why Choose Catalyst Medical Group for Your Bone Health?
At Catalyst Medical Group, our dedicated team of surgeons and doctors at Valley Medical Center collaborates closely with patients to deliver the highest standard of care. We specialize in conducting DEXA scans and counseling patients on ways to improve their bone health and strength to reduce the risk of fractures and other bone density complications.
To schedule your DEXA scan or to learn more about our bone health care and services, call (208) 746-1383.