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FREE Achilles Test & Bone Density Screenings

Join us at WWHF for a free achilles test & bone density screenings.

Who:

anyone at risk

Risk Factors include:

    • females
    • advanced age
    • history of bone fracture
    • family history of osteoporosis
    • early menopause
    • low calcium diet
    • lack of exercise
    • alcohol and tobacco use

What:

Trained staff and volunteers conduct Achilles Test screenings using the GE Achilles Bone Ultrasonometer.  The Achilles Test aids in the diagnosis of osteoporosis. The results are printed out and given to the individual along with information on osteoporosis risk factors, prevention tips and supplements. Individuals with below normal scores are encouraged to take their results to their doctor. This information, along with other factors, helps doctors gauge the risk of osteoporotic fracture.

Where:

WWHF
2503 Todd Drive, Madison WI 53713

When:

Sign up for a 5 minute timeslot between 11:30pm and 1:30pm by clicking here.

Why:

Osteoporosis is serious
Breaking a bone is a serious complication of osteoporosis, especially when you’re older. Broken bones due to osteoporosis are most likely to occur in the hip, spine and wrist, but other bones can break too. Broken bones can cause severe pain that may not go away. Osteoporosis also causes some people to lose height. When osteoporosis causes the bones of the spine, called vertebrae, to break or collapse, it affects your posture and causes you to become stooped or hunched.
Osteoporosis may even keep you from getting around easily and doing the things you enjoy, which may bring feelings of isolation or depression. It can also lead to other health problems. Twenty percent of seniors who break a hip die within one year from problems related to the broken bone itself or surgery to repair it. Many of those who survive need long-term nursing home care.

Osteoporosis is costly
Osteoporosis is responsible for two million broken bones and $19 billion in related costs every year. By 2025, experts predict that osteoporosis will be responsible for approximately three million fractures and $25.3 billion in costs each year.

Osteoporosis can sneak up on you
Osteoporosis is often called a silent disease because you can’t feel your bones getting weaker. Breaking a bone is often the first sign that you have osteoporosis or you may notice that you are getting shorter or your upper back is curving forward. If you are experiencing height loss or your spine is curving, be sure to talk to your doctor or another healthcare professional right away as the disease may be already be advanced.

Information gathered from: http://nof.org/articles/7

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