Bone Density at OB/GYN Associates of Alabama
As you age, some women start to notice weakness in strength, receding gums, or back pain. While you may be tempted to write these symptoms off as part of aging, these issues could potentially be pointing to a reduction in bone density.
One frequent concern among older women is the possibility of osteoporosis, the silent loss of bone tissue. Osteoporosis is a bone-weakening condition that often occurs in women after menopause. As your body reduces its estrogen production, bones can get weaker and thinner. In severe cases, women can experience bone fractures simply from sneezing or coughing.
Our team at OB/GYN Associates of Alabama is highly experienced with bone density testing, diagnosis, and treatment. We’d love to partner with you to help you protect and strengthen your bones and lead a healthy lifestyle.
Osteoporosis Diagnosis & Treatment
Your doctor at OB/GYN Associates of Alabama will begin with reviewing your medical history and a physical exam. If recommended, you will receive a bone density test.
The dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan equipment we use offers exact results and is the preferred test for diagnosing osteoporosis. Using this technology, we can measure the bone density of the spine, hips, and wrists. These areas are most at risk of osteoporosis. We utilize the results of a DEXA scan to inform which preventive programs may be the best treatment option for our patients.
Bone Density FAQs
Osteoporosis is closely related to estrogen deficiency. Therefore, the drop in estrogen levels that occurs during menopause often results in increased bone loss.
While there isn’t a cure for osteoporosis, many treatment options help strengthen the bones to prevent fractures or accidents. A treatment program for bone density commonly includes medication paired with sustainable lifestyle changes, such as exercise.
Generally, maintaining a healthy lifestyle helps patients reduce their risk of experiencing broken bones. Minimizing alcohol and tobacco use, maintaining a balanced diet, and performing weight-bearing exercises are all recommendations to stay healthy.