When To Call a Doctor
Call your doctor right away if you:
- Think you have a broken bone, notice a deformity after a fall, or cannot move a part of your body.
- Have sudden, severe pain when bearing weight.
Call your doctor for an appointment if you:
- Want to discuss your risk for osteoporosis.
- Have symptoms of menopause or have completed menopause and want to discuss whether you should take medicine to prevent osteoporosis.
- Have been treated for a fracture caused by a minor injury, such as a simple fall, and want to discuss your risk of osteoporosis.
If you are nearing age 65, have Reference osteopenia Opens New Window, or think that you are at high risk for osteoporosis, talk with your doctor about your concerns.
If you do not have any Reference risk factors for osteoporosis and you are already taking preventive measures, such as taking adequate calcium and vitamin D, you may only need routine screening.
Who to see
Health professionals who can evaluate your symptoms and risk of osteoporosis include:
- Reference Nurse practitioners Opens New Window.
- Reference Physician assistants Opens New Window.
- Reference Family medicine doctors Opens New Window.
- Reference Internists Opens New Window.
- Reference Rheumatologists Opens New Window.
- Reference Endocrinologists Opens New Window.
- Reference Gynecologists Opens New Window.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Reference Making the Most of Your Appointment.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference November 6, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Carla J. Herman, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine