Bone Health Services for Women
About 28 million Americans have osteoporosis—nearly 80 percent of them are women—and about half of all women over 50 will suffer an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime. Despite this alarming statistic, there is a lot you can do to prevent osteoporosis. Because bones can be weakened by a wide range of health problems, a number of different medical specialties can be involved in the early prevention or detection of osteoporosis.
Bone Density Test
To diagnose osteoporosis and to better understand your risk for developing this disease, your primary care physician will order a screening test called bone densitometry. The results of this test will help your physician form a plan to treat or help prevent further bone deterioration. This scan is available at our Baptist Women's Health Center (Memphis).
Three-Phase Bone Scan
Our radiology technicians will use a small amount of radioactive material and a special camera to produce images of bones to help diagnose the source of pain, such as fractures that are not easily viewed on X-rays and osteomyelitis.
Health and Nutrition Planning
Once your primary care physician understands your specific bone health needs, you can both form a plan to either treat or help prevent bone damage through better nutrition, fitness and medications.
Treating Your Osteoporosis
Many of the steps for preventing osteoporosis are used to treat the disease as well.
Nutrition and Fitness
Your primary care physician will help you design a nutrition plan rich in calcium and vitamin D. Patients with osteoporosis need exercise—such as walking or swimming—as well as strength-training workouts. If you have limited mobility, you can work with a physical therapist to determine an exercise plan that your body can handle.
There are two different kinds of medication your primary care physician may prescribe to slow osteoporosis development:
- Antiresorptive medications slow bone loss and help prevent fractures.
- Anabolic drugs increase the rate of bone formation to make bones stronger and lower the risk of fractures.
Source: National Osteoporosis Foundation
Baptist Women's Health Center
50 Humphreys Boulevard, Suite 23
Memphis, TN 38120