Bone Health

Bone Health

Shelby County Bone Health

Bone health specialists diagnose and treat bone health conditions, such as osteoporosis. At MHP, our Bone Health Clinic is devoted to providing comprehensive orthopaedic bone health care; including osteoporosis screenings, diagnosis, treatment, therapy and education of all bone conditions.

We strive to promote bone health, reduce fracture risk, accelerate healing and prevent refractures.

Bone density tests

A bone density test can help you and your healthcare provider:

  • learn if you have weak bones, osteoporosis or osteopenia (bone loss) before you break a bone
  • predict your chance of breaking a bone in the future
  • see if your bone density is improving, getting worse or staying the same

Who should have a bone density test?

  • women 65 and over
  • men 70 and over
  • anyone over 50 who breaks a bone
  • menopausal women with risk factors
  • men between 50 and 69 with risk factors
  • anyone who has experienced loss of height

Risk factors for fracture include:

  • older age
  • low bone density
  • previous broken bone(s) as an adult
  • frequent falls
  • very low body weight
  • a parent had a hip fracture
  • low calcium intake
  • low vitamin D level
  • cigarette smoking
  • inactive lifestyle
  • long term steroid use