As people age, many find their bones weakening and breaking easily due to osteopenia. About 34 million Americans have this disease, which is especially common in people over 50. Osteopenia is the loss of bone mineral density (BMD), which may mean you have insufficient minerals in your bones, causing them to lose strength. While there is no cure for osteopenia, our devoted team at NJ Spine & Orthopedic does everything we can to prevent the condition from progressing to osteoporosis, a more severe degree of bone loss.
In our years of experience working on patients with osteopenia, we have always put patients first. When working with you, we constantly consider your best interest and prioritize your health and safety. With our top-of-the-line technologies and techniques, you can feel comfortable in our facilities and rest assured you are getting the best care possible. We provide consistent and transparent communication, so you can fully understand your condition and treatment options.
Typically, osteopenia does not display symptoms or cause pain unless it progresses to osteoporosis, a more severe form of bone loss. Your osteopenia may have developed into osteoporosis if you experience the following symptoms:
We often detect osteopenia with BMD screenings, which we conduct every few years for patients over 50.
While osteopenia may not show symptoms in most patients, there are contributing factors that could make bone loss happen quicker. These factors include the following:
During your comprehensive evaluation, we review these risk factors to determine if you are at a higher risk for osteopenia and how to prevent future bone loss.
Find your condition with our 2-minute Condition Checker.
There is no cure for osteopenia, but you can take steps to preserve your bone health and prevent the condition from worsening. We can help you implement the following strategies to keep your bones as strong as possible:
During your osteopenia treatment, we closely monitor your bone density to look for signs of osteoporosis. While osteoporosis does not develop in every patient with osteopenia, we do everything we can to keep bone loss to a minimum.
In addition to asking questions about your family’s and personal health history, we also order a bone density test. Our professional specialists measure bone density with dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA). This fast and painless medical imaging test uses low-level X-rays to see if you have healthy bones or any conditions like osteopenia or osteoporosis. The process involves the following steps:
DEXA provides a score that tells us if you have bone loss. Patients with osteopenia typically score between -1 to -2.5, whereas healthy patients score between +1 and -1. These scores give us a baseline measurement to compare future results, so we can determine if your bone density decreases over time.
Discover which treatment options are right for you with our Treatment Finder.
If you have risk factors for bone loss, experience bone pain, or fractured a bone easily, you should talk to your doctor about bone density and how to prevent bone loss as you age. Our top-notch team at NJ Spine & Orthopedic can help you identify issues like osteopenia and develop a customized plan based on your unique needs and goals. We take every measure to prevent your osteopenia from progressing into osteoporosis and maintain and improve your overall bone health.
We understand receiving an osteopenia diagnosis can be overwhelming, and you worry about how it can affect your health and future. With the help of our skilled team, you can receive the right treatment for you, including beneficial supplements and exercises to add to your daily routine. Our compassionate team understands the anxiety you may have about osteopenia, so we are here to answer all your questions and give you a stress-free experience. To schedule a free consultation, call (866) 553-0612 or fill out our contact form.
Determine your eligibility with our Candidacy Verification.