than 2.5 million Americans have the bone-weakening disease known as
osteoporosis. PM&R physicians remind patients that there is no cure
for this disease, but it can be prevented.
Bone Mineral Density tests
(BMD tests) are available which can measure bone density safely and
painlessly. The information from this test enables a physician to
identify those at risk for osteoporosis which can be used to decide the
best course of action for bone health.
The information from a BMD test enables your physician to identify
where you stand within ranges of what is normal and helps determine
whether you are at risk.
Physical medicine and rehabilitation offers an
aggressive, non-surgical approach to the treatment of conditions related
The only way to determine bone health is to have bone density
measured. Risk factors can help identify those who are more likely to
Here are some of the risk factors that increase a
person's chance of developing osteoporosis:
-being female having a small, thin frame -advanced age -a family history of osteoporosis -early menopause -a diet low in calcium -use of certain medications (steroids, anticonvulsants, excessive thyroid hormones) -a sedentary lifestyle -cigarette smoking -excessive alcohol intake
By knowing if you are at risk, you can work to prevent osteoporosis before it strikes.