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Bone Density Scans Help People with Early Osteoporosis

by Stephen Silva

People with early osteoporosis symptoms may fall into severe depression and struggle with treatment. These symptoms typically occur in people with poor dietary habits or a family history of early onset. Anyone experiencing chronic bone issues or who feels like they may have early symptoms of this condition may want to complete a bone density scan with their doctor to get professional help. 

How Bone Density Tests Help People with Early Osteoporosis Symptoms

When an individual spots early osteoporosis warning signs, bone density tests may help them avoid severe issues. These tests help diagnose this condition and can make treating it easier. Getting these tests regularly can:

  • Spot Potential Density Loss: Bone density tests accurately gauge an individual's bone health. They provide an in-depth understanding of bone loss and what may trigger it. In this way, they help people with early osteoporosis plan their treatment by gauging the progress of their symptoms.
  • Determine the Risk of Broken Bones: Osteoporosis dramatically increases a person's fracture risk. Thankfully, bone density tests can quickly gauge an individual's bone strength and the potential for severe fractures. They can even spot where a fracture is more likely to occur.
  • Improve Nutrient Treatments: Osteoporosis treatments often include heavy nutrient injections, such as vitamin D and calcium, that help increase an individual's bone density. Regular tests can help improve this care by gauging how much a person needs and ensuring they receive it correctly.
  • Track Care Effectiveness: Osteoporosis remains a chronic health condition, and bone density tests can help track its treatment effectively. For example, regular tests can gauge how well nutritional care helps a person and help their doctor produce a new therapeutic option if other methods aren't helping. 

These unique benefits make bone density tests critical for those at high risk of osteoporosis. For instance, it can help treatment specialists decide what care options an individual needs. But, just as significantly, it can improve a person's therapy by giving an insight into its effectiveness and ensuring that an individual receives the treatment necessary to stay healthy.

Getting a Bone Density Test

Not everyone will need a bone density test in their life. Doctors typically suggest them for people with a family history of osteoporosis or who have lost height. People with a sharp decrease in hormones, broken bones, or who've used steroids or other medications may also need these tests. Working with a doctor can help individuals gauge when and if they need these tests to stay healthy.