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How do they test for low bone density?

How do they test for low bone density?

Bone densitometer: An instrument called a bone densitometer is utilizes a very small dose of radiation to measure bone density in the spine, hip and forearm. ...Read more

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Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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What does a "low normal" bone density test mean?

Very little!: When the world health organization arbitrarily set a level of bone mineral density (bmd) below which a person was said "to have" osteoporosis, the opportunity was immediately seized by interested parties to declare a range better than that density but adjacent to it as "osteopenia". Above that is called "normal" bmd is a continuum! normal is normal. Low normal means normal. ...Read more

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Had bone density test that's normal ..but have 4 compression fractures in spine..50% height loss..2 hat would cause this..vit d is a bit low?

Had bone density test that's normal ..but have 4 compression fractures in spine..50% height loss..2 hat would cause this..vit d is a bit low?

Fractures: Normal bone density with four vertebral fractures does not make sense. The bone is my specialty. Hopefully you have had the proper tests done and treatment started. If not you must do so immediately. There some women, about 15 over the last few years while pregnant or 6 months after birth who also have unexpected fractures. See an endocrinologist and orthopedist. ...Read more

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Should men get bone density tests?

Yes: If there is physical evidence for thin bones as when a man's bones look thin on x-ray or there is a history of fracture with minor injury or there has been a loss of 1.5 inches of height, or if there are other risks for osteoporosis such as long-term treatment with steroids like Prednisone or hormonal treatment for prostate cancer or hyperparathyroidism, dexa scan absolutely should be done. ...Read more

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What is the cure of low bone density ?

What is the cure of low bone density ?

Not all need a cure.: Calcium and vit d help maintain good bones but studies have not shown they reverse osteopenia in most people. Age 50-60 is when most bone density is lost. After age 50 the loss slows down and many women do not need treatment in this age group. There are a number of medicines for women with significant bone loss, osteoporosis. ...Read more

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What can cause low bone density in a child?

What can cause low bone density in a child?

Lots of things: To name a few: chronic disease, chronic corticosteroid and some other drug use, metabolic bone disease, genetic diseases involving bone, poor nutrition, hyperthyroidism, gonadal failure, etc. ...Read more

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Can low bone density cause pain on activity?

Can low bone density cause pain on activity?

Maybe: It can if you have a stress fracture due to overuse. Then it is usually pain in a certain location. General diffuse pain not usualky seen. You are young and should look into why you have low bone density. ...Read more

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Is low bone density indicative of osteoporosis?

Is low bone density indicative of osteoporosis?

It depends: The definition of osteoporosis in adults relies on a t score which compares the bone density obtained to that of young adult norms. A score of less than -2.5 at a measured site is indicative of osteoporosis. In children the definition requires not only a z-score comparison to age matched norms of less than -2 but also a clinically significant fracture history. ...Read more

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Could chiropractic adjustments be unsafe if I have low bone density?

Could chiropractic adjustments be unsafe if I have low bone density?

Possibly!: If your bone density becomes critically low, there is a risk that shearing, rotational or static force on your bones could result in a bone fracture. You must weigh the benefit of the treatment with the possible risk of bone trauma or fracture. ...Read more

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Who should have a bone density test?

Screening: All women near menopause and then every 2 years. Men should start bone density testing at age 70. Patients on corticosteroids should undergo bone density testing irrespective of age. Several other risk factors should be taken into account as well. ...Read more

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Bone Density (Definition)

Bone density (or bone mineral density) is a medical term normally referring to the amount of mineral matter per square centimeter of bones. Bone density (or bmd) is used in clinical medicine as an indirect indicator of ...Read more