Osteoporosis is a silent disease with no symptoms, yet it can have a huge impact on your health. Patients often find out they have osteoporosis only after they break a bone. Early screening and detection gives you your best chance at halting bone loss and maximizing your bone health.
ChristianaCare’s Strong Bones Program can assess and treat your bone health and reduce your risk of breaking a bone. There is no cure for osteoporosis, but the Strong Bones Program can help you be your strongest self.
The Strong Bones program helps you and your bone health by:
Osteoporosis is a condition in which bone density and quality are reduced, resulting in bone fragility. Osteoporosis is a silent disease, because there are no symptoms until a bone breaks.
Your bone density depends on a variety of genetic, lifestyle and medical factors. Some factors, such as diet and exercise, can be controlled; others must be managed.
It’s never too early to think about building healthy bones. Even through childhood and adolescence, the decisions we make, foods we eat and many other factors can lead to a lower bone density that will result in osteoporosis years later. It’s also never too late to take control of your bone health, or take steps to reduce your risk.
Having a baseline understanding of your fracture risk is a key first step in improving your bone health. A bone density (DXA) scan is the test that measures the health of your bones.