Well, you cannot have your client urinate on a stick or anything in order to alert them that they have Osteoporosis. As was stipulated yesterday, people ordinarily do not know that they have Osteoporosis until the break a bone. Perhaps if your client seems to be slower moving or complain of pain, the best thing to do for them is to get them to a doctor. That way the doctor can run some exams and tests. The NIH (National Health Institute) suggests the following:
Bone mineral density testing (most often with a DEXA scan) measures your bone mineral density. Your health care provider uses this test to:
- Diagnose bone loss and osteoporosis
- Predict your risk of future bone fractures
- See how well osteoporosis medicine is working
A spine or hip x-ray may show fracture or collapse of the spinal bones. However, simple x-rays of other bones are not very accurate in predicting whether you are likely to have osteoporosis.
You may need other blood and urine tests if your osteoporosis is thought to be due to a medical condition, rather than simply the usual bone loss seen with older age.
Once it has been determined whether or not your client actually does or does not have Osteoporosis, you will be able to help them with all of the points discussed earlier; the correct foods and exercise. Until then, just show them each and every day that you believe that With Age Comes Respect.