Osteoporosis is a bone disease commonly described as "thinning" or "porous" bones. Bones are living tissue, constantly being rebuilt. With osteoporosis, the rate of bone loss is greater than that of bone rebuilding. This results in thin, porous bones that break easily.
At Moscow Pullman OB/GYN, we believe that the strength of the bones should be one of our patients' top priorities as early in their lives as possible. Optimal preventive practices should include exercise and good nutrition. Helping our patients develop good, solid bone structure and density early in their lives has proved to be a tremendous benefit, as it increases the odds of not developing poor bone structure in later years.
Screening for osteoporosis may be done if you have:
- Entered menopause.
- A fracture that may have been caused by osteoporosis.
- A medical condition that is known to cause bone thinning.
- Risk factors for or symptoms that suggest osteoporosis.
Moscow Pullman OB/GYN recommends that all women of reproductive age begin to discuss optimal bone health during their annual visits. Screening for osteoporosis often begins for women in menopause. If you are at increased risk for osteoporotic fractures, routine screening should begin earlier. To see whether you should be tested for osteoporosis, ask your doctor during your next scheduled visit to Moscow Pullman OB/GYN.