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    Can the Bone mineral density rightly determine bone weakness ?

    After we get into the ageing process the back pain, knee pain sets in and that is because our bones gone weak and that is the indication that we get into pain mode. And the present day doctors are recommending for BMD ie bone mineral density test which determines bones strength across the body with accurate recording and that would give the orthopedic doctors to prescribe right medicine. Since the right leg is placed on the machine and if the pain persists on the left leg, how the readings can be accurate ? Do the members have any idea ?
  • #744330
    Bone mineral; density test will be conducted to know the density of the bones. There are two types in this test. One is Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry commonly known as central DXA. This test will be conducted by passing a slight dosage of x rays through your body. They will make the patient lie down on a bed and X rays are passed through the body. This is an accurate test and at the same time, the charge for this test is also high.
    The second is the Peripheral test, conduct on the heel, wrist and finger. The charge for this test is cheap but not as accurate as of the other test. But the calcium content in the bones can be understood by performing these tests and the practising orthopaedics doctor will understand the whole picture by seeing the results. So we have to go as suggested by the doctor.

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  • #744334
    BMD is a test which gives a good indication of osteopenia or osteoporosis which is very common in the old age especially in those people who had sedentary lifestyle. These problems are also very common in middle aged women. The accuracy of medical tests is always a matter of doubt as they give the results against a big range and cannot pinpoint the ailment so accurately. Still, as on today the BMD is a reliable and accepted test world wide for bone status findings. It is better than the common X-ray that is taken whenever there is a fracture or break in the bones.
    Knowledge is power.

  • #744339
    The Peripheral test results seems to be for whole body but the outcome is not taken as granted by doctors ?
    K Mohan @ Moga
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #744360
    Actually in the BMD test they will finally give the scores (something like T scores, they are called) presented in figures corresponding to the bone densities at various places in the body especially the wrists, back, knees etc. Those scores give a valuable information for deciding the further course of action and then the doctor will prescribe the dose of calcium as how much daily intake of calcium and vitamin D is required. This helps in management of the patient suffering from osteopenia or osteoporosis. Patients are taking these supplements for a long time and further loss of bones is arrested. Nowadays there are some special injections also which are to be administered once in a few months or once in a year and it is claimed that they also give relief to the patient. One important thing in this context is that the patient has to see that his or her weight is under control as once the bones weaken further the chances of fractures happening with even the self high weight increases. The patient also has to take calcium rich diet as advised by the doctor.
    Knowledge is power.

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