Helping women of all ages achieve bone health in the Greater Cleveland area
For many women in the local Cleveland community, the reality of osteoporosis
or bone fractures is a real concern.
Southwest General would like to help you keep your bones and joints healthy
by providing you with the latest information and services.
The Importance of Bone Health
Many women are unaware that in addition to providing the skeletal structure
the foundation to support your tissue and organs, bone is essential in
helping to maintain a balance of blood nutrients. For example, calcium
is quickly drawn out of bone when certain medical conditions cause blood
calcium levels to drop to a threatening level. Bone acts as a repository
for other needed minerals and nutrients too, while producing blood cells
and managing the crucial acid-base balance of your blood. For these reasons
and many more, it is important to maintain healthy bones and joints.
Peak Bone Mass
During the first few decades of your life, you will build your "peak
bone mass." This is the level at which your skeletal mass is at its
highest and is a benchmark used by medical professionals to assess overall
bone health. A lower peak bone mass indicates a higher chance of developing
osteoporosis in later life.
Understanding what osteoporosis is, and is not, is important in taking
action to maintain healthy bones.
- Decreased bone density
- A degenerative disease
- Abnormally porous bones
Becoming more common
among the young
A possible indicator of an
overall health issue
Osteoporosis is not
- Thin bones
- Normal aging bone loss
- A female disorder
- An isolated disorder
Assessing the Potential for Bone Disease
The team of orthopedic specialists, radiologists, physical therapists and
dietitians at Southwest General is ready to help address your bone health
needs with state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment tools.
The diagnostic tool most frequently used in measuring bone mineral density
(BMD) is commonly called DEXA Scanning. This very safe, non-invasive procedure
uses low levels of radiation to measure the bone mineral density of the
spine and hip, sites that are most likely to fracture in patients with
osteoporosis. The procedure is commonly performed in our Radiology Department.
Using DEXA, together with other diagnostic tools, it is now possible to
detect bone disease early and to identify those at highest risk of fracture,
who may need further evaluation.
The Importance of Physical Activity and Diet
Physical activity, together with calcium and vitamin D intake, are now
known to be major contributors to bone health for individuals of all ages.
Even though bone disease often strikes late in life, the importance of
beginning prevention at a very young age and continuing it throughout
life is now well understood.
To improve bone health, Southwest General can show you how to make the
lifestyle changes needed to avoid and overcome the following risk factors:
- Poor nutritional habits
- Low levels of nutrients vital to bone formation
- An acid-forming diet
- Lack of weight-bearing exercise
- Conditions where the risk of falling is great
- Chronic stress
- Use of bone-depleting medications and pharmaceuticals
We Look Forward to Helping You
To learn more about our local Cleveland area services, and how you can
maintain your bone health, please call