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Osteoporosis

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones lose their density and become weak and brittle. It is often called a “silent disease” because bone loss occurs without symptoms. In fact, many people don’t realize they have the disease until their bones are so weak that a minor fall causes broken bones.

If you suffer from osteoporosis, or think you may be at risk, MultiCare offers the latest technology for both detection and treatment.

Use this interactive tool to find out if you are at risk for osteoporosis.

Detection is Key

Many people do not know that they have osteoporosis until their bones become so weak that a small fall causes broken bones. That's why MultiCare offers the latest in bone density testing, at three convenient locations throughout the South Sound. Ask your doctor if you should have a bone density test.

BMD or Bone mineral density tests  use a special x-ray to measure bone density in the spine, wrist, and/or hip. These tests are safe, painless, noninvasive, and can effectively:
  • Detect low bone density before symptoms are detected
  • Confirm a doctor’s diagnosis
  • Determine your rate of bone loss.

Pioneering Osteoporosis Treatment

MultiCare is at the forefront of surgical care for osteoporosis. One of the most innovative new spinal procedures is kyphoplasty, a treatment that shows great promise for reducing the pain and spinal deformity caused by osteoporosis.

Our surgeons also perform minimally invasive hip surgery including hip arthroscopy and small incision hip replacement surgery at MultiCare’s Surgical Care Center  at Tacoma General Hospital. These techniques offer many patient benefits, including smaller incisions and scars, shorter hospital stays, quicker recovery times, reduced post-operative pain and reduced risk of complications.