Bone density screenings check for osteoporosis, a progressive bone disease that decreases bone mass and density, leading to a risk of fracture. The wrist, hip, shoulder, and spine are among the most common bone fractures. Also common is sudden compression fracture paired with back pain.
We use a simple device called a Bone Sonometer to measure bone strength and help predict fracture risk. The individual’s barefoot is placed into the sonometer, and through ultrasound high-frequency waves, bone density can be established.
This screening measures bone loss and helps determine if individuals are at risk for, or have Osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is responsible for bone thinning and is most common in postmenopausal women, although anyone over 40 may be at risk. If you are a smoker, have poor nutritional habits, lack exercise or have a family history of osteoporosis, this test is very important. Early detection and consulting with your doctor can help reduce or stop bone deterioration.