Osteoporosis Content

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to weaken and break more easily. Common symptoms include loss of height over time, back pain, increase in bone fractures, and hunched posture. Osteoporosis can be managed with the help of your healthcare provider. With early screening and treatment you can reduce the risk of fractures and maintain your mobility and independence.

What is a Bone Density Scan?

This test is non invasive and is similar to an X-Ray.

Myth vs. Truth

Click on these common osteoporosis myths to reveal the truth.


Osteoporosis isn’t that common


Osteoporosis affects 1 in 5 women and 1 in 20 men age 50 and over. Many people with osteoporosis do not know they have it until they break a bone. Screening is important to find the condition before this happens.


Bone density scans are not covered by your insurance


Bone density screenings are considered preventative care and covered at no cost to you every two years.


Taking calcium is the ONLY way to increase bone strength


The best way to maintain bone health is combining a safe exercise routine, proper diet and getting a regular bone density scan.


All risk factors can be avoided


While some factors, including age, sex, race, family and medical history are out of your control, diet and exercise can help you decrease risk

3 Tips for Bone Protection


Get Screened

A bone density scan is painless, quick and safe, and can alert you to bone loss so you can discuss treatment with your provider.


Make it Routine

If you are at risk for Osteoporosis, make it part of your routine to have a bone density scan every two years.


Take Preventive Measures

Strengthen your bones by maintaining a proper diet, exercising, taking vitamins and avoiding alcohol and smoking.

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