Clinton Hospital provides diagnostic services for individuals either at risk for or who have osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease that causes the bones to become thinner and weaker over time, thereby increasing the chances for a fracture. Bones in the spine and hip are particularly susceptible to fractures due to osteoporosis. Although women are four times more likely to develop osteoporosis, it can affect men as well.
Clinton Hospital offers bone density tests, which is the standard test for diagnosing osteoporosis. The quick and painless test is performed on a machine called a bone densitometer and is very similar to having an x-ray performed while lying down. A bone density test measures the thickness of bones and can detect the effects of osteoporosis. Exercise, medications, dietary supplements, and changes in diet and lifestyle can all help to minimize the effects of osteoporosis.
Bone density tests may be scheduled by calling 978-368-3737.