What will happen next?
Once you see the doctor and discuss your condition they may refer you for a DXA (dual energy X-ray absorptiometry) scan. This is not a painful or invasive procedure.
It will measure the density of your bones and compare it to that of the general healthy population; the difference (if any) gives a T score. The T score is one of the main determinants of whether you have osteoporosis.
|If the T score is:
|Between +1 and -1 SD
||this is 'normal'
|Between -1 and -2.5 SD
||this is termed 'osteopenia'
|Below -2.5 SD
||this is defined as 'osteoporosis'
It is not however the only thing a doctor will base their treatment or diagnosis on, there may be other risk factors such as diabetes, chronic liver disease, asthma, smoking, history of osteoporosis in the family, alcoholism, and previous fractures.