The Arizona Orthopedic & Fracture Osteoporosis Clinic is located at our Phoenix office and is managed by Lillian Berry, PA-C. Ms. Berry conducts osteoporosis screening and treatment for patients who are at risk. Over 44 million Americans over the age of 50 suffer from osteoporosis. For an American woman at age 50, the risk of suffering an osteoporotic fracture in her remaining lifetime is 40%. A history of fracture as an adult increases the risk of subsequent fractures by five to seven fold.
The most accurate way to measure overall bone density is the DEXA (dual energy x-ray absorptiometry) scan which we have available at our office. The DEXA scan measures bone density of the lumbar spine and hips. After the test is obtained your results will be reviewed with you and explained. Different treatment options will be discussed and you will get a copy of your DEXA report along with a checklist of treatment options. The scan itself takes about 10 minutes to complete and is painless.
If you think you are at risk for osteoporosis, don’t be shy about asking your health care provider if you need a BMD (bone mineral density) test. Some good reasons to have one include:
The following links offer additional information as well as simple risk assessment tools: