Osteoporosis Screening
Osteoporosis Screening

Osteoporosis Screening 

Osteoporosis is a disease that affects millions of women and men in the United States. It is characterized by low bone mineral density and weak bones that are more likely to fracture. Unfortunately, because it is difficult to detect early on, many people do not realize they have osteoporosis until they experience a fracture or other symptoms caused by it. For this reason, osteoporosis screening is necessary for those concerned about their long-term health and well-being. The professionals at Atlanta Women Specialty Group are proud to provide screening tests for osteoporosis to ensure the health of our clients. 

Common Symptoms of Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a condition that can lead to severe complications. The good news is that there are some signs you can watch out for. If you find yourself experiencing any of the following symptoms, contact a professional immediately:

  • Soreness or swelling in the joints of your fingers, wrists, hips, or ankles
  • Bruising easily or frequently
  • Loss of height without falling or injuring yourself
  • Unusual bone pain 

At what Age Should You Start Screening for Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is most common among postmenopausal women over 65 years old and men over 70. However, it's never too early to start. If you're a woman in your 30s or 40s, it's a good idea to be proactive, especially if you have a family history of osteoporosis, are going through menopause, or take certain medications that can affect bone health. 

How Often Should You Schedule Screenings? 

If you are over the age of 65 or have a family history of osteoporosis, you should have a bone density test every two years. If you're under 65, you should schedule a bone density test every three years or as directed by your doctor.