COULD THIS BE A PICTURE OF YOUR MUM OR YOUR GRANDMA?
….or you in the future?
Osteoporosis is a condition where bone loses its strength and architectural integrity, becoming weakened and susceptible to fracture. It comes on very gradually and is symptom-free until the disease is well-established.
3 million people in the UK have osteoporosis – most don’t even know and many get diagnosed only once they’ve had a suspicious fracture….
Half of all women will develop osteoporosis and as many as one in three women and one in five men will suffer an osteoporotic fracture over their lifetime.
We build our bone density during our childhood, teens and young adult life, reaching our peak bone density at 25-30 years, although bone loss can start before these ages – particularly where multiple risk factors are present – so scanning isn’t only appropriate for the over 50’s!
Early diagnosis of a below normal bone density means that patients can take steps to slow the progression or even reverse the changes….with diet, lifestyle, supplementation, exercise and medication.
There are multiple risk factors:
- Being female – all women are at risk, particularly if your periods have ever stopped for 6 months or more or if you underwent menopause before the age of 45
- Men with low testosterone levels – often causing impotence, lack or libido or other symptoms
- Family history of osteoporosis – elderly relatives who have suffered hip or wrist fracture or developed a ‘dowagers hump’ (the result of vertebral collapse fractures)
- Personal history of a fracture after a minor bump or fall
- Being a smoker or consuming alcohol above recommended levels
- Past or present eating disorder (anorexia or bulimia)
- Restrictive diets – such as low dairy – in childhood and young adulthood
- A history of prolonged use of corticosteroids (such as for management of asthma) and many other medications
- High-performance athletes (raised levels of cortisol, reduced oestrogen in women)
- People who have a sedentary lifestyle
- People who are below average weight or of a small stature (low BMI)
- Sufferers of thyroid disease, chronic liver or kidney disease, diabetes, crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, coeliac disease or rheumatoid arthritis
Nick Birch FRCS (ORTH) of Osteoscan UK is a Consultant Spinal Specialist with a special interest in Osteoporosis, bone strength and density, screening and prevention.
Check out the Osteoscan UK website for everything you could possibly want to know about osteoporosis and the REMS technology employed in their scans.
SCANNING CLINICS HERE AT THE BROAD STREET PRACTICE – Mon 1st Nov ’21, Mon 11th April ’22 & Mon 6th June ’22
EchoS is a radiation-free, diagnostic scanning device developed in Italy which gives access to earlier measurement of bone mineral density than DEXA, with immediate, easy-to understand results, including your Z-score and T-score. Results are used, with other parameters, to calculate your FRAX score– an accurate prediction of your 10 year probability of suffering a major osteoporotic fracture.
The 40 min appointments will be conducted by Nick Birch. Both your lumbar spine and hip will be scanned. Full results of the scan will be discussed and advice given which is personalised and tailored to your needs.
Current Scan fee £150. A non-refundable deposit of £25.00 secures your appointment, call us now on 01780 480889. Balance payment is due a week before the appointment. (Please note that the charge for scanning appointments will increase to £160 for all clinics after 31st December 2021).
Extended appointments are available by special arrangement for those who, in addition to their scan, wish to have more time to discuss their spinal/bone health issues, review old scans and talk through treatment options at greater depth. The fees for these are £300 for 60-mins (£50 deposit) and £450 for 90-mins (£75 deposit).
Please note that we are limiting these slots to just one in each scanning clinic day, and the timing obviously has to fit in with the dairy that day so make sure your book sooner rather than later to be guaranteed this.
CAN’T MAKE THESE DATES? Nick Birch offers clinics in other locations at other times – look at the Osteoscan UK website for further information