Osteoporosis Symptoms and Diagnosis | Part 2
July 18, 2019 | Abigail Mckay

Osteoporosis Symptoms and Diagnosis | Part 2


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In the early stage of osteoporosis, there are usually no symptoms, which could mean that a fracture may occur before a diagnosis.  Symptoms that can develop over time include loss of height, back pain, and a stooped posture. If any of these symptoms are present, it is vital to see a physician to be properly diagnosed. 

Read about the details of osteoporosis in part 1

Bone mineral density (BMD) testing is the most accurate way to diagnose osteoporosis.  BMD testing is completed through a DEXA scan or dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry, which is essentially a low radiation x-ray.  There are two types of DEXA scans which are central and peripheral.  The central scan views the lower spine and hips, while the peripheral scans the extremities.  There are peripheral BMDs at some doctors offices and health fairs.  However, central scans are usually completed as an outpatient hospital procedure. These scans allow the physician to accurately diagnosis the amount of bone loss, as well as give a firm diagnosis of osteoporosis. It also will give the doctor an idea of how you may be responding to osteoporosis medications. 


BMD is recommended for women at the age of 65 and for men at the age of 70.  However, testing may be indicated earlier if there is a family history, symptoms, or other risk factors that strongly suggest the occurrence of osteoporosis.  Tomorrow, there will be an overview regarding the treatment options and lifestyle modifications after a diagnosis of osteoporosis has been made.  If you would like to be tested for osteoporosis, speak with a physician today at Shifa4U.

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Abigail Mckay

Abigail has been a nurse for five years, and throughout her time as a nurse, she has worked in multiple medical-surgical units as well as spent time in the infusion therapy clinic and endoscopy lab. She is passionate about preventative medicine through patient education regarding nutrition and exercise. Due to her passion, Abigail has gone on to earn two certifications including a certification in medical-surgical nursing (CMSRN) and a certification in holistic nursing (HNB-BC), in hopes of being able to better serve her patients. Abigail earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA and now bettering patient education in the healthcare system through partnering with American TelePhysicians.