Many conditions fail to show noticeable symptoms until they have caused considerable damage to the body. Osteoporosis is one such ailment that can rob the body of bone mass without presenting clear warning signs. Until an osteoporosis sufferer breaks a bone due to a minor impact, which can lead to hospitalization, surgery, and even premature death, they may not know they have this serious condition. For this reason, Brandon Regional Hospital encourages all Hillsborough County residents who are at risk for osteoporosis to undergo bone density screenings.
How Does a Bone Density Screening Work?
Bone density screenings are quick, convenient, and painless. In many cases, patients can complete the screening in less than an hour and return to their normal everyday activities. During a screening, imaging equipment is used to determine how much bone mass is present in certain areas of the body. Osteoporosis can significantly affect the amount of bone in the spinal column and hips, so some bone density screenings may assess density levels in those specific regions of the body.
What Does a Bone Density Screening Do?
A bone density screening is one of the most important tools used in the detection of osteoporosis. Like other health screenings, a bone density screening can alert doctors to the presence of a problem before it causes a major medical event. With the results of a bone density screening, a doctor can determine whether a patient requires treatment to maintain current bone mass and even increase it if possible.
Why Should You Consider a Bone Density Screening?
Osteoporosis can happen at any age, though older individuals are at the highest risk for it. If you are already in your senior years, you may want to speak with your physician about getting a bone density screening. If you are diagnosed with osteoporosis, your doctor can begin you on a medication regimen that will help to protect your bones. She may also recommend lifestyle changes to help you keep your bones healthy and strong.
Are you eligible for a bone density screening? To find out, call Brandon Regional Hospital at (888) 327-2636. You can also visit our website for more information on our orthopedics department.