Osteoporosis is a chronic disease that causes your bones to become more fragile and less dense. This long-term disease can result in you being more likely to fracture or break a bone from minor falls or injuries.
Who is at risk?
At risk patients include those 70 years and over; having fallen in the past; family history; or other conditions including early menopause.
How is it managed?
Osteoporosis can be managed by treatment and medication from your doctor depending on your circumstances, with the aim of strengthening your bones. Lifestyle changes can also help strengthen your bones including living a healthy lifestyle, exercising and reducing your intake of alcohol and cigarettes.
How is it diagnosed?
Osteoporosis is diagnosed by consultation with your doctor through a review of your medical history and a physical examination and if necessary organising a bone mineral density test.
By treating osteoporosis early you have the best chance of managing treatment and avoiding injury as you get older. If you think you’re at risk, arrange a consultation with your treating doctor today.
In the month of September, Medical Centre At Round Corner and The Bone Bus will be offering bone scans for eligible patients utilising the mobile bone bus which will be conveniently located at Round Corner, Dural. Call us on 02 8403 4200 for further information.