Early diagnosis of osteoporosis is key in preventing further damage and bone loss. The BMD testing and VFA available at the Osteoporosis Center at St. Luke's Hospital assesses a patient's current condition and monitors the effectiveness of the treatment. A physician can order these services individually or in combination; using both BMD and VFA to screen a patient will enable a more accurate diagnosis.
Treatment of osteoporosis involves a combination of nutrition, exercise, medication and safety. These treatments can effectively reduce fractures by 50 percent. By consulting with the specialists at the Osteoporosis Center at St. Luke's Hospital, patients can address the problem and decrease their risk of suffering an osteoporotic fracture.