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About 54 million Americans have low bone mass known as osteoporosis. This common condition causes bones to become weak. Women are at a higher risk for the disease than men, making them more likely to have fractures and breaks.
Dealing with osteoporosis in Arizona? Find a Doctor at Dignity Health who can help you get the treatment you need. Our board-certified orthopedic specialists are dedicated to finding a solution to your back pain and other osteoporosis symptoms.
Symptoms of osteoporosis are often quiet. You may not feel your bones losing strength. A break or fracture of the hip, wrist, or spine might be your first clue you have it. Pain, especially in your back and spine, may be a signal, too.
Doctors have not pinpointed the exact cause of the disease, but gender and age are likely to play a role. You may have unrelated conditions that worsen osteoporosis.
You are more likely to develop osteoporosis if you have any of the following risk factors:
Talk to your doctor at Dignity Health if you have any questions about your risk of osteoporosis.
Our orthopedic specialists diagnose osteoporosis with a bone density scan, called a DXA (or DEXA). This X-ray test measures the amount of calcium and minerals in your bones.
There is no cure for osteoporosis. However, your doctor may suggest lifestyle changes and treatments to reduce the risks of complication, such as breaks and fractures. These may include:
We know that making lifestyle changes can be difficult — partner with us today to achieve your health goals and relieve discomfort from osteoporosis.
At Dignity Health, we want to care for your bone health and osteoporosis in Arizona. Our mission is less pain, more prevention.