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Measuring your bone density is the best way to assess your bone health, in order to determine whether you need to take preventive measures or seek treatment to protect against conditions like osteoporosis. According to some estimates, more than 53 million Americans suffer from osteoporosis—a number that is expected to grow exponentially as we continue to live longer.
Osteoporosis and bone density disorders cause your bones to become brittle and fragile. This means that you face an increased risk for fractures, which can significantly affect your life expectancy and quality of life.
Kayal Orthopaedic Center has the tools, training and expertise to evaluate your unique health challenges and provide you with treatments and strategies to live a full life and maximize your bone-building capacity. Our board-certified orthopaedic specialists are experts in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of osteoporosis and osteopenia, a precursor to osteoporosis in which bone density is lower than normal but not as severe as osteoporosis.
One way of measuring your bone density is by obtaining a DEXA (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry) scan, also known as bone densitometry. This non-invasive diagnostic test is painless, completely safe, and uses X-rays to measure how many grams of calcium and other bone minerals are packed into a segment of bone. The denser the minerals, the stronger your bones are. The bones that are most commonly tested are in the spine, hip and forearm. We perform DEXA scans on-site using a state-of-the-art GE Lunar Prodigy Bone Densitometry Machine. A DEXA scan generates a T-score that is used to classify your bone health as normal, osteopenia or osteoporosis. Osteopenia and osteoporosis are preventable and reversible conditions, so a DEXA bone density test can ensure that you take the necessary steps to reverse bone loss before suffering symptoms.
Unfortunately, osteoporosis is a “silent disease,” as patients feel no noticeable symptoms until they suffer a “fragility fracture,” or a break in a bone that would not have occurred in bone with a normal density. Often, patients with osteoporosis develop hip, spine and/or wrist fractures after a trip or fall that would have been trivial if their bones were of normal strength. Therefore, knowing your bone density helps you take important steps to prevent conditions that could have harmful effects on your quality of life. Learn more about how to prevent osteoporosis once a DEXA scan has determined that your bone density is low.
In addition to osteoporosis and bone density testing, our practice is the wise choice for all of your orthopaedic needs, including hip labral tears, sports injuries, hip preservation and hip impingement.
We have convenient locations in Bergen County, NJ: Franklin Lakes, Westwood, Glen Rock, Paramus, Garfield, Paterson, North Bergen and Montvale (coming in 2020), along with our Stony Point, NY, location. We’re conveniently located if you live in Bergen County, NJ, New York City or nearby. Call us at 844.777.0910 or contact us here on the web to schedule your appointment.