Diagnosing Osteopenia and Osteoporosis
Holland Hospital provides an interdisciplinary approach to help you manage the health of your bones.
With the goal of preventing falls and fractures, patients undergo an initial 90-minute, one-on-one assessment which includes:
- Your medical history and current condition, including your nutritional status and lifestyle factors that impact bone health
- A focused physical examination of the musculoskeletal system
- Discussion of the risk factors for osteoporosis
- Strength and balance testing, including a Fall Risk Assessment
- On-site bone mineral density screening by trained radiologists if it has not been performed within the past two year
- On-site vertebral fracture assessment, conducted with a DXA scanner, if appropriate
- Laboratory testing, if appropriate
- Education and assistance in understanding osteopenia and osteoporosis and the steps you can take to protect yourself from further bone loss and possible fracture
- Follow-up recommendations including a personalized treatment plan and lifestyle counseling
- Medical management, which may include medications to diminish bone loss or increase bone density
Bone mineral density screening is recommended for women age 65 and older. Women ages 60 to 64 should be screened if they have risk factors in addition to menopause.
Holland Hospital Bone Health Services