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Bone Density Specialist

Thirlby Clinic, PLC

Internal Medicine & Family Medicine located in Traverse City, MI

Millions of Americans are affected by low bone mass and osteoporosis. The highly skilled doctors at Thirlby Clinic, PLC, in Traverse City, Michigan, identify and treat unhealthy bone density conditions. Through comprehensive scans and treatments, the team of medical experts can reduce your risk of fracture. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

Bone Density Q & A

What is bone density? 

Bone density refers to the amount of bone mineral in your bone tissue. Bones hold everything together, and keeping them strong is integral to long-lasting health. 

When you have low bone density, it typically means that you suffer from osteopenia, which refers to low levels of minerals in your bones. 

Because osteopenia doesn’t have identifiable symptoms, it can also be diagnosed by a bone density test. Osteopenia increases your chances of developing osteoporosis if you continue to lose bone density. 

In most cases, treating osteopenia can significantly reduce your chances of developing osteoporosis. Your doctor can help you identify practical measures you can take to keep your bone density healthy.

You may suffer from low bone density due to family history, developmental complications during childhood, or other related conditions. 

What is a bone density test? 

Your doctor at Thirlby Clinic, PLC, might recommend a bone density test to get a detailed account of your bone health. The test compares your bone mass with that of someone of your age and sex. In most cases, a bone density test can determine: 

  • The presence of osteoporosis
  • Your risk of breaking bones
  • The efficacy of an osteoporosis treatment

The team also performs dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scans, which measures your bone density. 

DEXA scans are quick and noninvasive tests that use small doses of ionizing radiation to create images of the inside of your body. The images can help your doctor measure bone loss.

When should you get a bone density test?

Your doctor at Thirlby Clinic, PLC, might recommend you get a bone density test if you’ve: 

  • Fractured a bone 
  • Received an organ or bone marrow transplant
  • Experienced a drop in hormone levels
  • Have been taking certain steroidal medications 
  • Have lost a significant amount of weight

In most cases, your doctor will recommend a bone density test if you’ve already been diagnosed with osteoporosis. Regular scans will enable your doctor to identify possible complications related to your bone mass and suggest appropriate treatment to prevent injury. 

To learn more about the risks and treatments for low bone density and osteoporosis, book an appointment online or over the phone with Thirlby Clinic, PLC, today.