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A healthy skeletal system with strong bones is essential to overall health and quality of life. Yet, today, far too many Americans suffer from preventable bone disease and fractures. An estimated 10 million Americans over age 50 have osteoporosis, while another 34 million are at risk. One out of every two women over 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in her lifetime.
Osteoporosis is the loss of bone mass (thinning of bones) making them less dense. One of the causes is decreased estrogen after menopause. After menopause, women may lose between 2-5 percent of bone mass per year for five years. This puts women with thin bones at high risk. Bones become more brittle and more likely to break. In older women, a hip fracture, due to osteoporosis, can be fatal.
Your physician will assess your risk for osteoporosis. He or she will want to understand your calcium and vitamin D intake, physical activity, and any adverse behaviors that would affect bone health, such as smoking. Your physician may recommend lifestyle changes, including nutrition, diet, and weight bearing exercises, and/or may consider supplements such as vitamin D and calcium. Diagnostic tests may also be performed.
Our bone health program offers a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to addressing bone health issues. We utilize the latest technologies in the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis for women and men.
Our services are provided in a comfortable setting and performed by a dedicated staff committed to making your experience as seamless and easy as possible. The members of our healthcare team that may be involved in bone health include orthopedic specialists, physical medicine and rehabilitation therapists and, nutrition counselors.
DEXA Bone Density Testing
Bone density testing is used to diagnose osteoporosis. The Chester County Hospital provides DEXA Scanning, a bone density test that is the preferred method for diagnosing osteoporosis. When compared with radiographic absortiometry or single energy x-ray absortiometry, DEXA scanning more precisely documents small changes in bone mass and is more flexible since it can examine both the spine and the extremities.
Last Updated: 8/16/2010