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Articles  |   January 2000
Evaluation of osteoporosis
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Neuromusculoskeletal Disorders
Articles   |   January 2000
Evaluation of osteoporosis
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, January 2000, Vol. 100, 4S. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2000.100.1.4S
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, January 2000, Vol. 100, 4S. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2000.100.1.4S
Abstract

Osteoporosis is a silent epidemic that is preventable and treatable. Few people are currently having osteoporosis diagnosed early enough to receive the benefit of prevention. Therefore, most present with a fracture as the first clinical manifestation of the disease. The physician taking a history must have a high index of suspicion for osteoporosis. All women should be counseled about risk factors for osteoporosis. The diagnosis of this disease includes an evaluation of bone mineral density by radiologic technique. The osteopathic physician is uniquely well trained to recognize and diagnose osteoporosis.