Bone Density Testing
Our Bergen County orthopedic practice treats osteoporosis, offering state-of-the-art bone density testing. As we age, bone mineral density tends to naturally decrease over time, increasing our risk of fracture as our bones become more brittle and fragile. This condition, called osteoporosis, is most common in women after menopause. It can, however, develop earlier in life, and can develop in men as well.
Osteoporosis itself has no symptoms, and is often considered a “silent disease.” It may remain hidden until a sufferer experiences a fragility fracture—a bone break that occurs in a situation where a healthy person would not normally break a bone. The most likely fractures are of the hip, spine and/or wrist.
Because it causes other health problems, osteoporosis can significantly impact life expectancy and quality of life. The orthopedic physicians at Bergen County’s Kayal Orthopaedic Center, PC, are working diligently to prevent this disease and its harmful effects on patients and their families. Fortunately, osteoporosis is generally both preventable and treatable, often with lifestyle changes alone. Sometimes, however, added medications and/or supplements are also prescribed to treat osteoporosis.
The first step in a treatment plan is to determine your current bone density. Our dedicated group of orthopedic physicians utilizes the most up-to-date testing methods and equipment available. Once we’ve established your bone density levels, we’ll work with you to create a custom plan designed to maximize bone health. Possible plan recommendations include:
- Weight-bearing exercises
- Avoidance of smoking and excessive alcohol
- Avoidance of excessive caffeine
- Over-the-counter calcium and vitamin D supplements
For your convenience, Kayal Orthopaedic Center, PC performs bone density examinations at our Bergen County offices using state-of-the-art equipment. Contact us today to schedule a bone density exam and consultation.