Bone Health

Bone Health

Osteoporosis and Bone Conditions

Osteoporosis is a common bone condition that too often goes ignored, especially for women over 50. To address the risk of this and other bone conditions including arthritis, fractures, bone tumors, back pain, pinched nerves, joint problems and more; Little Company of Mary offers a team of specialists and resources for protecting your bone health.

 

Leading Detection and Minimally Invasive Treatment

To detect bone conditions before injury, Little Company of Mary uses state-of-the-art systems to measure bone density such as the DEXA Bone Density Scan, X-ray and MRI technologies. Our team of dedicated staff includes board certified interventional radiologists, expert rheumatologists and orthopedic surgeons who use minimally invasive treatments to prevent the pain of surgery. These treatments include: Vertebroplasty, an outpatient procedure for treating osteoporotic spinal fractures; and Kyphoplasty, which restores vertebrae to a more normal shape.

 

The Comfort of Expert Care

With rheumatologists on staff at Little Company of Mary, individuals can be sure that they are being treated by experts in tune with their needs. DEXA scans, Bone Mineral Density tests, and other tests are carefully reviewed with insight and experience. We offer Reclast, a once-a-year treatment for osteoporosis; as well as Remicade, a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis and other conditions. All to provide a wide range of care from a single convenient place.

 

For more information please call 866.540.LCMH.

 

Women's Wellness Consultants

Women's Wellness Consultants provide a quick and inexpensive screening to determine if you are experiencing bone loss.  A simple heel ultrasound can reveal if bone loss is occurring and encourage women to address this health issue with your primary care provider before serious consequences occur.

 

What should you know about Osteoporosis?

  • The good news - osteoporosis is preventable and treatable
  • Osteoporosis is a disease of bone thinning and deterioration, which leads to fractures of the wrist, hip and spine
  • Eighty percent of those affected by osteoporosis are women
  • Osteoporosis is under-recognized and under-treated not only in Caucasian women, but in African-American women as well
  • Women can lose up to 20% of their bone mass in the first 5-7 years after menopause
  • A Bone Mineral Density Test is the best test currently available to detect osteoporosis before a fracture occurs

What are the risk factors?

  • Getting older
  • Being female
  • Family history
  • Being small boned and thin
  • Normal or early menopause
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Inadequate calcium intake
  • Taking certain medications, such as excessive thyroid hormones among others

What can I do?

  • Take 1000-1200 mg of calcium daily and 400-1000 IU of Vitamin D3 daily
  • Exercise
  • Stop smoking
  • Limit alcohol and caffeine consumption
  • Conduct routine Bone Density screenings recommended for women age 65 and older
  • Consider medication for prevention and/or treatment of osteoporosis, if appropriate
  • Engage in regular weight-bearing and muscle strengthening exercise
  • Talk with your Little Company of Mary physician about whether or not bone mineral densitometry is right for you

 



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