At TD&E, we believe that preventing bone fractures is a priority. After menopause, women are at an increased risk for bone loss and osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is defined as low bone strength (low calcium density in bone) and is associated with a higher risk of fracture. Men at older ages are also at risk for osteoporosis. Our doctors and physician extenders are experts in diagnosing and treating low bone mass (osteopenia) and osteoporosis.
Patients can expect accurate bone density testing and up to date bone and osteoporosis management. Our Central Austin location has a Bone Densitometer on-site. Our physicians feel that the best way to track progression or regression of bone loss is to be scanned on the same machine each year. This eliminates discrepancies amongst the different manufacturer’s software specifications.
Bone densitometry is one method for diagnosing these conditions. All of our bone density tests are done on-site at our Central Austin clinic. We want to make the lives of our patients easier so we have invested in many of the diagnostic testing equipment needed in order to minimize trips to other imaging centers.
If treatment is needed for low bone mass, rest assured that TD&E is the right partner for you. Many of our physicians have certification from the International Society of Clinical Densitometry (ISCD).
Important insights for osteoporosis patients:
- Exercise, especially weight-bearing (walking) helps maintain healthy bones.
- Adequate calcium and vitamin D intakes are helpful in maintaining bone strength.
- There are a host of medications that can be used to increase bone strength.
- The risk of osteoporosis is greatest in women who are post-menopausal.