Bone density scanning & osteoporosis assistance
St John Medical offers comprehensive osteoporosis screening and treatment options. As we get older our bones become brittle, and without the right checks and treatment, it can lead to a range of additional health challenges. Ominously labelled the ‘silent disease’ as osteoporosis has no apparent early symptoms.
The only way to determine the onset of the condition is to have regular bone density tests performed by a specialist. You can also avoid the onset of this debilitating disease. Visit us today and chat to our team of qualified doctors, who will advise you accordingly.
Using state-of-the-art technology at our fully equipped clinic, allows St John Medical’s specialist doctors to make comprehensive osteoporosis diagnosis. A procedure that measures bone density and helps us understand if you’re at risk of brittle bones and loss of tissue.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis leads to a higher risk of fractures (or breaks) than normal bones. It occurs when bones lose minerals, such as calcium, faster than the body can replace them, leading to a loss of bone thickness (bone mass or density). As a result, bones become thinner and less dense so that even a minor bump or fall can result in a fracture.
What is a bone density test?
A bone density test is a simple scan that measures the thickness of your bones (usually at the hip and spine). The results of this test show if your bones are in the range of normal, low bone density or osteoporosis. The scan takes about five minutes and involves lying on a flatbed while the scanner passes over you.
Should I be tested?
Yes, if any of the following apply to you:
- Women over 65
- Men over 70
Anyone over 50 who has one or more of the following risk factors:
- Use of corticosteroids, which are generally prescribed for asthma and arthritis
- Early menopause in women
- Low testosterone in men
- Coeliac disease or malabsorption disorders
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Chronic kidney or liver disease
- Recurrent falls
- Some medication used to treat depression, epilepsy & breast cancer
- Excessive alcohol intake
- Minimal exercise
- Low body weight
If you are unsure if you need a test, please ask one of our Doctors.
Who gets osteoporosis? Can it be treated?
Over 1 million Australians have osteoporosis. It is most common in adults over 50 and affects both men and women. Osteoporosis treatment is varied. There is a range of medications available in Australia. Early detection makes it possible to ensure bone health is correctly managed to prevent fractures.
Can osteoporosis be prevented?
Yes, by looking after your bones as part of your general health. Your bones require calcium, vitamin D and exercise on a regular basis, and habits like smoking and excessive alcohol intake are bad for your bones.
St John Medical is a bulk billing clinic, which means all treatments are bulk billed for Medicare card holders. Please note: Bulk billing is only available for current Medicare card holders where benefits exist as outlined in the Medicare Benefits Schedule.
Stay on top of your health and make a booking today for an osteoporosis screening at St John Medical’s osteoporosis clinic. A quick and painless test that could save you a lifetime of health challenges. If you are suffering with bone degeneration, our doctors are on hand to assist with treatment.