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At MidAmerica we are proud of our Osteoporosis Screening Program. It is a vital part of our mission to provide comprehensive health care to our community.
Studies have shown that our total bone mass peaks in our late 20s or early 30s for most individuals. After this our bone mass slowly begins to decline due to the loss of calcium which is required for strong healthy bones. Osteoporosis is the term that refers to the weakening of our bones due to the loss of calcium. While osteoporosis occurs in both men and women there are many contributing factors as to why it is more common in women. Individuals who have osteoporosis are at risk for fractures and other complications related to bone demineralization.
Osteoporosis screening provides both initial diagnosis as well as follows the response to treatment. Screening for osteoporosis usually starts at age 65 for women. Early screening is indicated if a woman has several risk factors for osteoporosis or sustains a fracture before the age of 50. Men should undergo osteoporosis screening if their medical history indicates that they too are at risk for developing osteoporosis.
Screening is usually done with a bone density test called a DEXA scan which measures bone mineral density. The DEXA Scan will determine if an individual demonstrates thinning of the bones (osteopenia) or osteoporosis. The diagnostic difference between osteopenia and osteoporosis is the measure of bone mineral density. Subsequent scans are used to follow an individual’s response to treatment.
Ask about scheduling your DEXA scan at our on-site scanner at the MidAmerica Hand To Shoulder Clinic in Palos Hills (708) 237-7200.