We’ve written previously about what you can expect when going through a bone density test, but knowing when the test is needed or recommended is important. Osteoporosis is a bone disease that affects roughly 54 million Americans, though catching it sooner than later can help you mitigate its effects and seek treatment.
Here are five of the signs a bone density test, the test for osteoporosis diagnosis, would be in a patient’s best interest.
Fracturing or Breaking a Bone at or Above Age 50
While 50 might seem like a relatively young age when it comes to concerns about bone health, bone fractures and traumas at this point might nevertheless be a sign of low bone density or osteoporosis. Even if the bone fracture occurred as a result of extreme trauma, taking a bone density test to confirm that there are no underlying issues with your bone health will ensure you take the proper steps during and after recovery. Statistically, both men and women over the age of 50 are at increased risk of osteoporosis, and this risk increases with age.
2. Poor or Stooped Posture
When the spine loses its natural curvature, this is often a sign of fractures as a result of osteoporosis. As the fractures become more numerous, a hunch can develop and become more prominent. If you’ve lost more than ½ an inch of height or more, it’s highly recommended that you get tested for osteoporosis to mitigate increased fractures and improve your overall bone health.
3. Fracture After a Minor Accident
If you experienced a bone fracture after what seemed to be a low-trauma incident, that could be a sign of low bone density and a potential case of osteoporosis. Broken wrists and hips are especially common and are a sign that you should get evaluated as soon as possible. Low-trauma can generally be defined as falling from standing height (or less).
4. You’re At or Above Age 70
Because of how common osteoporosis is for people over the age of 70, especially among women, even people who don’t have any history of broken bones or fractures should take a proactive approach to ensure their bone health is where it should be. Osteoporosis, if left undiagnosed, can worsen and increase the risk of future fractures, so catching the disease early can help patients recover their bone strength.
5. You Experience Acute Pain in Your Back
If you’re over the age of 50 and you suddenly feel a sharp pang of pain in your back without a known cause, this is a good reason to pursue a bone density test to detect any potential osteoporosis. Fractures in the vertebrae can happen easily and often if osteoporosis is left undiagnosed, resulting in sometimes extreme and often unexpected pain. Your doctor can help direct you with next steps should you seek an examination.
Schedule Your Test Today
Advanced Body Scan of Tulsa offers bone density scans for those who wish to take it, and is especially recommended for the demographic mentioned in this blog. To schedule or ask about a scan, visit our website or call us at 918.879.6161.