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spineadvisor: Neck & Back Pain eNewsletter from May 14, 2008
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Test Time: Osteoporosis Screening
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I’m in my mid-70s, and I’ve always been a fairly active, healthy lady.  My neighbor, who’s about my age, has me worried, though.  She was recently told that she had broken a bone in her back because of osteoporosis.  Now my neighbor says that I should get tested for osteoporosis, too.  In fact, she says all women should be tested.  My doctor has never mentioned a test, so I assume my bones are healthy enough.

Do you think I should get tested?  I have a 51-year-old daughter.  Should she be worried about osteoporosis, too?
—Lake Forest, IL

Ask the Experts Answer

Your neighbor is right on this one:  as a woman over 65, you should be screened for osteoporosis.  It’s a condition that weakens your bones by changing how quickly and effectively you regenerate bone.  It’s often painless.  You may not have any idea that you’re losing bone faster than you’re replacing it.

Your bone mass matters because...
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NYU—Hospital for Joint Diseases
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Exercise Tip
Tennis, anyone?

Your bones will love you for playing a nice game of tennis.  As a weight-bearing activity, tennis helps keep your bones healthy—and helps protect you from osteoporosis.

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If you have a spinal fracture caused by osteoporosis, you may need surgery to stabilize the fracture…and in the best case scenario, prevent that one fracture from becoming multiple fractures.

Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty are two relatively new techniques.  Both are minimally invasive, but just one of them can treat an unfortunate possible side effect of spinal fractures:  spinal deformity.

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Wellness and Lifestyle
Eating to Avoid Osteoporosis
Swiss Cheese - Source of Calcium
Swiss cheese is an excellent source of calcium.

You may think of osteoporosis as a condition just for the elderly.  But if you want to avoid osteoporosis, you should start early.  One of the best things you can do is get enough calcium and vitamin D in your daily diet.  Milk may do your body good, but there are other ways to get calcium...Read More

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