Did you know?
Bone density tests are often repeated in 1-2 years if you are not being treated with medication, so you and your healthcare provider can carefully monitor your progress to decide on future treatment options. Bone density tests are also often repeated 1-2 years after starting or changing osteoporosis medication to evaluate response to treatment. If you are on an antiresorptive medicine, the goal of treatment is to prevent further bone loss and reduce the risk of fractures. You know the drug is working when your bone density stays the same or improves and you have no additional broken bones. With anabolic medicine, the goal of treatment is to rebuild bone, increase bone mass, repair microscopic defects in bone, and reduce the risk of fractures. You know it’s working when your bone density improves, and you have no additional broken bones.