South Texas Fracture Prevention Clinic
Let the South Texas Fracture Prevention Clinic help you determine your bone health when:
- You are concerned about your bone health.
- Your doctor feels you will benefit from a bone health evaluation
- You are older than 50 and have had a fracture or broken bone.
These pages outline the procedure and make recommendations to help you enjoy the ideal experience at the clinic. They also discuss bone diseases, prevention, and procedures. A printed version of this information is available free of charge when you visit.
Call (210) 495-9047 today to discuss a consultation.
What can I expect when I visit the clinic?
Your provider will ask you questions to obtain a thorough and accurate medical history. You will receive a physical exam and possible lab work to further evaluate how to care for you.
Your bone health will further be determined by a DEXA machine. The DEXA machine uses x-rays to measure your bone density and will give a diagnosis of either osteoporosis (extremely low bone mass), osteopenia (low bone mass), or healthy bone.
What is the procedure?
You will need to wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing without metal fasteners or buttons, preferably clothing with an elastic waist-band or drawstring. Sweats or exercise clothing is ideal. The test usually takes about 15 minutes and uses very little radiation. Similar to an MRI, you will lay on the DEXA table while the staff positions you for optimal alignment. A maximum of three scans will be taken to determine your bone health.
Why is determining bone health important?
If left undetected, serious long-term effects of Osteoporosis can include pains, loss of mobility, and abnormal spinal curvature.
- The spine curves as Osteoporosis progresses, which can result in back pain, height loss and difficulty breathing.
- Osteoporotic bones take a longer time to heal than healthy bones, which results in people unable to move like they used to
What can be done?
With a correct diagnosis from the South Texas Fracture Prevention Clinic and proper treatment, patients can often regain bone strength. Bone health awareness is also important.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a bone disease in which bone is lost or not enough bone is made, resulting in thinning of bone (or low bone density). As a result, bones become weak and can fracture or break easily. The most common type of fracture is the fragility fracture, which is defined as low trauma impact or a fall from a standing height. Though fragility fractures can occur anywhere in the body, the most common sites are: the wrist, the hips, and the spine. Many fragility fractures go unnoticed by patients.
Your Online Patient Guide to Osteoporosis
These pages give you basic information about maintaining bone health. At no time does this information replace your doctor’s advice and orders. If you have questions, please call your doctor.
Some Osteoporosis Risk Factors
- Age: The older you get, the greater the risk
- Race: More common if you are of white or of Asian descent
- Gender: One in two women and one in four men are likely to develop osteoporosis
- Family History: If someone in your family has had osteoporosis or a fragility fracture
- Lifestyle: Inactive lifestyle leads to osteoporosis
- Diet: A diet low in calcium and vitamin D can cause osteoporosis
- Smoking: The longer and more often you smoke, the greater your risk for osteoporosis
If you are concerned about your bone health or your doctor refers you, the South Texas Fracture Prevention Clinic will help determine your bone health with excellent care. Call (210) 495-9047 today to get started.
Special thanks to Wake Forest University Fracture Liaison Service for guidance and Authorization to use material.