Bone Densitometry

Bone Density Assessment

Here in Spring Oasis, we provide bone density assessment with ongoing ONDAMED treatment and prevention of osteoporosis. The assessment is carried out using a bone densitometer to estimate the bone mineral density of the calcaneus by ultrasound. 

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a medical condition in which the bones become brittle and fragile from loss of tissue, typically as a result of hormonal changes, or deficiency of calcium or vitamin D. Brittle bones are more prone to fractures. These fractures may happen even with minimal trauma. Although any bone can be affected, the fractures typically occur in the hip, spine and wrist. 

Viewed under a microscope, healthy bone looks like a honeycomb. Osteoporotic bones have lost density or mass and contain abnormal tissue structure. The holes and spaces in the honeycomb are much larger than in healthy bone. As bones become less dense, they weaken and are more likely to break.

Osteoporosis is also known as the “silent disease” because bone loss occurs without symptoms and is painless. One cannot feel the bones weakening. The condition often is not detected until it is quite advanced. 

Some signs in the advanced stages may include:

  • Back pain.
  • Fracture of the hip, spine and wrist.
  • Loss of height over time (a stooped or hunched posture)

Normally bone density peaks between the ages of 30 to 40 and in subsequent years the bone density decreases. If the decrease is significant enough, the so called “fracture threshold” is reached. At this level of bone density the patient is at significant risk of fracture. These thresholds are reached at different ages and the extend of the bone loss varies depending on the peak bone mass and generic and environmental factors, including activity level and diet.

PEMF Treatment & Prevention of Osteoporosis

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) have been proven effective in the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis in clinical studies. Studies revealed that PEMF appear to mediate bone regeneration via cell signalling proteins including growth factors, cytokines, and prostaglandins. 

PEMF in Bone Healing