What Is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis, or the weakening of the bones in the body, is a significant concern for many men and women as they age. The condition, which is characterized by low bone density and low bone mass, gradually results in bones that are thinner, more brittle, and at a higher risk of fracturing. While age is a primary risk factor for developing osteoporosis, patients who are female and small-framed, those who smoke, and individuals with a familial history of the condition are also at an elevated risk. At Horizon Medical Center, our board-certified family physicians have comprehensive services, diagnostic technologies, and medical expertise required to treat and manage this condition. We invite you to schedule an in-person visit with our Schaumburg, IL practice to get the trusted osteoporosis care you need for better health.
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How Is Osteoporosis Diagnosed and Treated?
We are proud to offer DEXA (dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry) bone density scanning for osteoporosis on-site at our primary care facility in Schaumburg, IL. As an advanced diagnostic system, DEXA scans measure bone mineral density levels and the extent of bone loss, allowing our doctors to understand your bone health and treatment needs. The results of DEXA scans are then utilized to develop a personalized treatment plan for each patient, which is largely geared toward stopping the progression of bone loss and strengthening the bone tissues. Osteoporosis treatments may include bisphosphonates or other medications, hormone therapy, weight-bearing exercises, vitamin and mineral supplements, and additional bone-building therapies.
Strengthen Your Bone Health
If you are at a higher risk for developing osteoporosis, or fear the condition may already be affecting your bone density levels, we encourage you to meet with one of our family physicians. Getting proper care for osteoporosis can help protect your bone health and provide the strengthening effects your bones need as you age. To schedule a DEXA bone density scan, or to learn more about osteoporosis treatment options, contact our friendly team today! Horizon Medical Center in Schaumburg, IL is pleased to accept Medicare and a variety of health insurance plans.