Osteoporosis

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Osteoporosis is the thinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density over time. This condition can increase a persons risk for fractures. Dr. Edward Hill discusses osteoporosis in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Osteoporosis is a disease that makes your bones weak. People with the disease can break their bones too easily. For instance, people with osteoporosis sometimes break a bone after falling down at home.

Breaking a bone can be serious, especially if the bone is in the hip. People who break a hip sometimes lose the ability to walk on their own. Many of them end up in a nursing home. Thats why it is so important to avoid breaking a bone in the first place.

Osteoporosis does not cause symptoms until you break a bone. But your doctor can have you tested for it. The best test is a bone density test called the DXA test. It is a special kind of X-ray. Experts recommend bone density testing for women older than 65.

Your primary care provider or gynecologist will be the first to contact about concerns about risk of fractures. In select cases referral to specialists such as endocrinologists, rheumatologists or geriatricians may be needed.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.