A bone density test isn’t typically used to diagnose arthritis. Instead, it’s most often used to diagnose early signs of bone loss or osteoporosis. But if you have inflammatory types of arthritis, like RA or PsA, you may be at risk for developing osteoporosis.
What is the difference between osteoporosis and arthritis?
Arthritis is defined as painful inflammation and joint stiffness. Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis that involves both the underlying tissue and the underlying bone of a joint. Osteoporosis is mainly a loss of bone tissue that is not limited to the joint areas.
What happens if your bone density is low?
A person may have low bone mass at any age but not develop osteoporosis. However, if a person has low bone mass and continues to lose bone density, this may lead to osteoporosis. A combination of low bone mass and a risk factor for fracture may increase your risk for broken bones, too.
At what age should you stop getting bone density tests?
Women should get a bone scan at age 65. Men age 70 and up may want to talk with their doctors about the risks and benefits before deciding. Younger women, and men ages 50 to 69, should consider the test if they have risk factors for serious bone loss.
Why would a doctor order a bone scan?
Your doctor may order a bone scan if you have unexplained skeletal pain, a bone infection or a bone injury that can’t be seen on a standard X-ray. A bone scan can also be an important tool for detecting cancer that has spread (metastasized) to the bone from the tumor’s original location, such as the breast or prostate.
What is the most painful type of arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis can be one of the most painful types of arthritis; it affects joints as well as other surrounding tissues, including organs. This inflammatory, autoimmune disease attacks healthy cells by mistake, causing painful swelling in the joints, like hands, wrists and knees.
Is osteoarthritis a form of osteoporosis?
Although they sound almost the same, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis are two very different conditions. Osteoporosis is a progressive bone disease. If you have osteoporosis, your bones become weak and brittle, causing you to be at greater risk for bone fractures.
What does osteoporosis pain feel like?
Sudden, severe back pain that gets worse when you are standing or walking with some relief when you lie down. Trouble twisting or bending your body, and pain when you do. Loss of height.
Can I wear a bra for a bone density test?
Patient should wear loose, comfortable clothing. Sweat suits and casual attire without zippers, buttons, grommets, metal hooks, or underwire bra. Gowns are available, if necessary.
How long does it take to get bone density scan results?
This test lasts about 10 minutes. The image is given to an expert who reads the results. This could take a few days depending on your doctor’s office. Peripheral test: This measures bone density at your wrist, finger, and heel.
Does bone density affect weight?
The effect of weight and of weight change on bone mineral density was in general much less in men than in women. Our results suggest that the strong effect of weight on bone mineral density is due to load on weight-bearing bones in both sexes.