Osteoporosis, The Silent Disease. Are YOU at risk?

Osteoporosis is a condition which weakens bones making them fragile and more likely to break.

There are usually no warnings you have developed osteoporosis and it is often diagnosed only when a bone is fractured after even a minor fall. Please read on for more information.

Further Information

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Osteoporosis Screening

We use Quantative Ultrasound  (QUS) to show bone density at the heel which is a good indicator of general bone density in the body.

The National Osteoporosis Society says that ‘QUS has been demonstrated to show predictive value for any fracture in women in their peri-menopausal years and of Colles fracture in women in their early post-menopausal years’.

You will be provided with a full report of your results showing your T-score and Z-score together with any recommendations appropriate for you.

We will help with advice on lifestyle, diet and supplementation to help increase your bone density.

We will refer you to your GP for a full body DXA scan if your results indicate low scores.

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Possible effects of osteoporosis

Fractures, especially of the wrist or hip following even minor falls

Osteoporosis of the spine may lead to painless loss of height and curvature of the spine (Dowager’s hump).

Back pain – painful episodes may be caused by vertebral crush fractures which usually set after 6 – 8 weeks. Long term, chronic back pain may also develop.

Height loss can cause the abdomen to protrude (‘pot belly’). This can sometimes cause indigestion and heartburn.

Occasionally it can cause problems with bladder and bowel control as there is no longer enough space for the contents of the abdomen.

Anxiety and depression – anxiety about further falls or what the future may hold can inhibit enjoyment of life as can fears about changes in body shape caused by osteoporosis.

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Who is at Risk?

Osteoporosis often affects women, particularly after the menopause. However, it can also affect men, younger women and children.
Other factors that increase your risk of developing osteoporosis include:

  • A family history of osteoporosis, particularly history of a hip fracture in a parent
  • Long-term use of certain medications that affect bone strength or hormone levels, such as steroids
  • Malabsorption problems
  • Women who have had their ovaries removed
  • Eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia
  • Lack of regular exercise
  • Smoking or drinking heavily
  • High intake of cola drinks
  • Inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease or COPD
  • Conditions which affect the hormone-producing glands, such as an over active thyroid or over-treated low thyroid

Who are we?

We are both Health Care Professionals with over 50 years experience between us.
Lindsay Hickey
Sue Saunders

What we recommend

We recommend that you have a BoneCheck screening every 2 years so we can assess any significant changes in bone density

Cost of a Screening

Quantitative Ultrasound Scan
Scan Both Heels
Full Individual Report

£50.00

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Our contact info

Write to us Via E-mail
info@bonecheck.co.uk
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Pure House, 64 - 66 Westwick Street, Norwich, Norfolk. NR2 4SZ

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01379870707

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