Osteoporosis – a disease that causes bones to become fragile and more likely to break – is a major public health threat for 55 percent of Americans 50 years of age and older. The only way to catch the “bone thief,” as osteoporosis is known, is to have a bone density test, and Burbank orthopedic surgeon Boyd Flinders, MD now offers the latest technology for measuring bone mass.
“Over the last 10 years, the medical community has learned a great deal about how to prevent bone loss,” Flinders said. “But we have to be able to identify it in order to treat it properly. Once we catch it, we can prescribe new medicines coupled with lifestyle changes in nutrition and exercise to combat osteoporosis and help prevent life-altering fractures in places like the hip, lower back, wrist and shoulder.”
The bone density test offered by Flinders uses special dual energy X-rays to measure how many grams of calcium and other bone minerals are packed into a segment of bone. The test provides very precise results and helps determine if patients are at risk for osteoporosis or a bone fracture. The test is painless and takes 10 to 15 minutes.
A bone density test is recommended for all women 65 or older, and those at increased risk of osteoporosis. Medicare allows patients to repeat bone density testing every two years.
Flinders Orthopedic Office offers free bone health information sessions and can help patients determine if they are candidates for a bone density test. Call (818) 848-9807 for more information. Dr. Flinders is located at 2701 W. Alameda St. #507 in Burbank.