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Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center offers treatments for a full range of bone, joint and muscle conditions and supports improved bone density through early detection of osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis, a condition that decreases bone mass and increases the risk of bone fractures, is the most common type of bone disease,with an estimated one in five American women over the age of 50 having the condition, according to the National Institutes of Health.

How best to prevent osteoporosis is an important decision that women must make as they enter the menopausal years. While hormone therapy may relieve long-term complications of estrogen loss, including osteoporosis,several major studies have shown that hormone therapy also may increase the risk of heart disease, stroke or cancer. Thus women must decide whether to receive hormone therapy or consider other options, such as Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators (SERMs).

At Baylor St. Luke' s Women's Center, located on the 10th floor of The Quinn Medical Tower (view map) advanced diagnostic tools, including the Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) Bone Densitometer, are used to measure bone mass, determine the extent of osteoporosis, and decide on appropriate treatment to reduce the risk of fracture.

For more information on bone density testing 832-355-8130; to schedule an appointment call 832-355-8159. International patients, please call 832-355-3350.

Center for Orthopedic Research and Education (CORE)
Baylor St. Luke's Center for Orthopedic Research and Education (CORE) is partnering with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and NASA to find innovative solutions for curing osteoporosis.

Established in 1999 to focus on research, prevention of osteoporosis and bone health, CORE recently received a grant from the Roderick D. MacDonald Research Fund at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center, which supports investigators in conducting original research or in collecting preliminary data that will lead to external funding.

CORE's research aims to investigate the use of high-density MRI to measure bone quality. This measurement is needed in addition to the traditional one for bone mineral density to estimate the strength of bone and its potential to fracture.

In addition to diagnosing and treating osteoporosis, Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center is equipped to treat other unique bone problems of women. Among these are common foot conditions such as bunions, hammertoes and neuromas, with the chief cause likely being tight or ill-fitting shoes.

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