Osteoporosis Assessment

The Edinburgh Clinic offers the first private osteoporosis assessment service of its kind in Scotland, with specialist physician Dr Karen Adamson.

Osteoporosis is recognised as one of the most common long-term conditions affecting people in the UK. It can be thought of as thinning of bone – a loss of bone mineral density (BMD). The primary consequence of this is an increased risk of fracture. There are a number of warning signs that might suggest an increased risk of osteoporosis. These include:

  • Personal history of fracture
  • Early menopause (before age 45 years)
  • Family history of fracture
  • Heavy smoking or alcohol use
  • Height loss
  • Use of medication that lead to bone loss (such as steroids)

Presence of other conditions that can be associated with bone loss (such as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease or coeliac disease.)  These risk factors may, when assessed by a specialist, identify a potential future fracture risk. Further assessment of fracture risk can be gained using a DXA scan, which stands for ‘dual energy X-ray absorptiometry’. At The Edinburgh Clinic we offer the only private DXA scanner in Scotland. A DXA scan measures bone density and allows an assessment of the whole length of the spine to look for the presence of any spinal deformity.

Osteoporosis Assessment Consultants