May 31, 2016
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Osteoporosis (cont.)

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What types of specialists treat osteoporosis?

Doctors who treat osteoporosis include generalists and internists as well as gynecologists, endocrinologists, rheumatologists, and, with fractures, bone surgeons.

Who should have bone density testing?

The National Osteoporosis Foundation guidelines state that there are several groups of people who should consider DXA testing:

  • All postmenopausal women below age 65 who have risk factors for osteoporosis
  • All women aged 65 and older
  • Postmenopausal women with fractures, although this is not mandatory because treatment may well be started regardless of bone density
  • Women with any of more than 50 medical conditions associated with osteoporosis; a primary-care physician can scan a patient's list of medical illnesses to determine if one of these conditions is present (see causes above)
  • Women whose decision to begin treatment for osteoporosis might be aided by bone density testing to determine the presence or absence of osteoporosis or osteopenia

The National Osteoporosis Foundation guidelines state that bone-density testing does not need to be performed if a person has a known osteoporotic fracture because the patient will be treated for osteoporosis with or without a bone-density study. In addition, bone-density testing is not appropriate if the person undergoing the test is not willing to take treatment based on the results. Therefore, if bone-density testing is done, it should be performed on people willing to take some specific action based on the results.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/11/2016

Source: MedicineNet.com
http://www.medicinenet.com/osteoporosis/article.htm

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