Caring for your bones

Maintaining healthy bones is important as we age. Your doctor may talk with you during your well-woman visits about ways to keep your bones healthy. This includes:

  • Avoiding smoking
  • Drinking alcohol in moderation
  • Exercising regularly, especially weight-bearing exercise
  • Getting enough calcium and vitamin D per your doctor's recommendation

These strategies can help you prevent or slow down osteoporosis, a disease that causes your bones to become thin, brittle and more prone to fractures. It is also important to talk with your doctor about any risk factors you may have for osteoporosis, including:

  • Aging
  • Family history
  • Lifestyle factors such as smoking, caffeine use, lack of exercise, excessive alcohol use, lack of calcium and vitamin D
  • Medication
  • Weight - being underweight and having less muscle mass can put you at higher risk

Your doctor will discuss your risk for osteoarthritis or bone fractures and whether you need a DEXA scan, but in general this test is needed for:

  • Postmenopausal women under age 65 with one or more risk factors in addition to menopause
  • Postmenopausal women with fractures
  • Women 65 or older
  • Women who have been told they need treatment for osteoporosis
  • Women who have been on hormone replacement therapy for a long time

Other medical conditions may also warrant getting tested. We offer painless bone scans at our imaging centers and hospitals and we accept most insurances.

Whether you need annual health exams, breast and bone health screenings or specialty care, we are here for you. Our comprehensive women's health services are designed for all stages of your life from maternity to menopause and beyond.

Banner Health's hospitals, clinics and health centers offer all the care you need from preventive services such as annual exams to specialty services such as heart or cancer care.

Our specialized services include:

  • Breast Health services, including screening mammograms, ultrasound, MRI, breast surgery and reconstruction
  • Cancer care
  • Gynecology care
  • Fertility care
  • Maternity services
  • Surgical care
  • Urological care

We also offer many classes and support groups for women such as prenatal, birthing and parenting classes, breastfeeding support, obstetric department tours, informative classes about cancer, support for caregivers and more. And we accept most insurances, so that is one less thing to worry about.