A spinal compression fracture is a break in the bone that most commonly affects older people with osteoporosis. It can occur as the result of a traumatic incident, such as a fall, but it can also happen when a person is sitting still.
The most apparent symptom... Read more
If you do not receive enough vitamin D, you could be putting yourself at risk for a host of health problems including heart disease, dementia and cancer.
Often called the “sunshine vitamin,” vitamin D is manufactured by the body when your skin is exposed to sunlight. Vitamin... Read more
While nearly everyone suffers from occasional lower back pain, some people have problems that continue to resurface.
While you may not be able to eliminate the pain altogether, you can decrease it by following these guidelines:
Practice safe lifting techniques. Before you lift something, test it to make... Read more
Even before he underwent a hip replacement in December, Tom Rozier knew much more than the average person about joint surgery. Through his job in medical sales, he has worked with physicians in dozens of hospitals across Southeast Missouri.
When it came time to plan his own... Read more
If you suffer from rheumatoid or inflammatory arthritis, you should start moving as soon as you wake up in the morning. “People with arthritis wake up with stiff joints,” says Amjad Roumany, MD, rheumatologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “They will experience flare-ups if they do not... Read more
Stretching before exercise can help you move better and keep you more flexible as you age. While static stretching (stretching a muscle and holding it) can loosen your muscles, dynamic stretching (incorporating movement) can often be even more effective.
“Some studies have shown that static stretches can... Read more
A bone density test determines whether a person is at risk for osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones to become fragile and break more easily. Saint Francis Medical Center’s Womancare offers bone density tests for men and women who have obtained referrals from their physicians.
“Most insurance companies cover... Read more
The best way to monitor osteoporosis risk is to undergo regular bone density screenings. Saint Francis Medical Center offers these tests as part of its Heart & Health Screenings. The following screenings are available
7-10 am on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the... Read more
The best way to monitor osteoporosis risk is to undergo regular bone density screenings. Saint Francis Medical Center offers these tests as part of its Heart & Health Screenings. The following screenings are available 7-10 am on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the Saint... Read more
Osteoporosis is a debilitating disease that can cause your bones to become fragile and break more easily. A bone density test will help you determine whether you have osteoporosis, so you can take steps to stop the disease’s progression.
“During the test, your doctor will use X-rays... Read more