Low bone density and osteoporosis are common. The American Bone Health Prevalence Report states that more people in the United States suffer a fragility fracture each year than are diagnosed with a heart attack, stroke or breast cancer combined, and the prevalence is projected to significantly increase as the population ages.
Doylestown Health’s Bone Health and Osteoporosis Program offers streamlined care for patients suffering from bone health conditions including:
Fragility Fractures: A fragility fracture is a broken bone that results from a fall from standing height or less, often due to low bone density or osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis: Osteoporosis is a disease of progressive bone loss associated with an increased risk of fractures. The term osteoporosis literally means "porous bone." The disease often develops unnoticed over many years, with no symptoms or discomfort until a fracture occurs. Osteoporosis often causes a loss of height and dowager's hump (a severely rounded upper back).
Low bone density (Osteopenia): Low bone density is defined as bone density that is lower than normal, but not low enough to be considered osteoporosis. It may mean that you have a greater chance of getting osteoporosis if you lose bone in the future because you have less bone to lose. People with low bone density are more likely to break a bone compared to people with normal bone density.