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DEXA Scanning for Osteoporosis

 
About Osteoporosis- >
 

Each of our bones is made up of a thick outer shell known as cortical bone and a strong inner mesh of trabecular bone which looks like a honeycomb, with blood and bone marrow between the struts of bone.

Osteoporosis occurs when the honeycomb structure that make up our bones becomes thin causing them to become fragile and break easily.

Osteoporosis literally means ‘porous bones’ and is commonly linked to post menopausal women. However men, younger women, children and pregnant women can also be affected.

What causes osteoporosis?
Two types of cell are constantly at work in our bones, building new bone and breaking down old bone. Up to our mid-20's the construction cells work harder, building strength into our skeleton. From our 40's onwards, the demolition cells become more active and our bones gradually lose their density. Women lose bone density faster in the years following the menopause when oestrogen levels drop.

Did you know?
Almost one in two women and one in five men over the age of 50 will break a bone, mainly due to osteoporosis.

Consequences of osteoporosis
Osteoporosis causes bones to break following a minor bump or fall, most commonly in the wrist, hip and spine.

Having osteoporosis does not automatically mean that your bones will break; it means that you have a ‘greater risk of fracture’. However, effective drug treatments, physiotherapy and practical support can reduce the risk of further fractures and speed recovery.

 

 
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