I broke a bone, now what?
In our “What is Osteoporosis” conversation, we showed how a shell that is thick, almost as dense as a stone, is difficult to break. It is a great paperweight, fun to toss back into the sea as it has a little heft to it, and prime real estate for the appropriately sized sea creature. Meanwhile, there are other beautiful shells that shimmer with their almost translucent thinness. While these are stunning (and a crowd-pleaser if you can manage to bring them home in one piece), they rarely make the trip from the beach to anywhere beyond. They have to be protected with the same ferociousness of a flower without any of the flexibility of a petal.
In this same vein, the problem with breaking one of these osteoporotic bones is obvious with these shells firmly ensconced in view: How do you attach a brace to splinters of bones, or “jenga” the shattered remnants of bone shards together when they crumble more at the touch of a hand? More often than not, the result is probably one of devastation without solution. There are a few rare and innovative company’s that have created work-arounds for piecing these together, so that the story is not one of complete paralyzation or devastation. And these companies (filled with people much smarter than us!) are some of our friends, think-partners and visionaries as we work to transform the space of the disease that can be named.
(OS-tee-oh-PEE-nee-uh) A condition in which there is a lower-than-normal bone mass or bone mineral density (the amount of bone mineral contained in a certain amount of bone). Osteopenia is a less severe form of bone loss than osteoporosis.
Bone Mineral Density Test (BMD)
A bone density test determines if you have osteoporosis — a disorder characterized by bones that are more fragile and more likely to break.
The test uses X-rays to measure how many grams of calcium and other bone minerals are packed into a segment of bone. The bones that are most commonly tested are in the spine, hip and sometimes the forearm.
Bone densitometry, also called dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry, DEXA or DXA, uses a very small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body (usually the lower (or lumbar) spine and hips) to measure bone loss. It is commonly used to diagnose osteoporosis, to assess an individual's risk for developing osteoporotic fractures. DXA is simple, quick and noninvasive. It's also the most commonly used and the most standard method for diagnosing osteoporosis.
For informational purposes only. Consult your local
medical authority for advice.Sources: Mayo Clinic and others.