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Arthritis, Osteoporosis, and Chronic Back Conditions


Clinical Recommendations

The following clinical recommendations come from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) External Web Site Policy.

Osteoporosis screening: women

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening for osteoporosis in women aged 65 years or older and in younger women whose fracture risk is equal to or greater than that of a 65-year-old white woman who has no additional risk factors. Learn more External Web Site Policy

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Consumer Information

The following consumer resources are from

Get a Bone Density Test

If you are a woman age 65 or older, get a bone density test to measure how strong your bones are.

Get Enough Calcium

Get enough calcium every day to keep your bones strong. Calcium can help prevent osteoporosis (bone loss).

Calcium: Shopping list

Use this list the next time you go food shopping to help you choose foods high in calcium.

Preventing Osteoporosis: Questions for the doctor

Use these questions to talk to your doctor about your risk for osteoporosis and what you can do to lower it.

Lower Your Risk of Falling

You can make small changes to help prevent falls.

Preventing Falls: Conversation starters

Worrying about the health and safety of older family members or friends can be stressful. You can help them stay healthy by sharing these tips on preventing falls.

Prevent Back Pain

One of the best ways to prevent back pain is to keep your back muscles strong.

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