Bone Health and Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a chronic but preventable condition. Early detection and education are central to effective treatment and prevention. At Swedish Bone Health and Osteoporosis Program, we have a strong commitment to educating our patients and their physicians in matters of bone health and are dedicated to working together with them to create a comprehensive plan.
Bone Health and Osteoporosis in Ballard has relocated to the Swedish Orthopedic Institute on First Hill. For more information, please call 206-215-5950.
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Appointments & Referrals
To make an appointment, referral or to schedule a bone density test, call our First Hill location at 206-215-5950 or our Issaquah location at 425-313-2320.
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Please fill out this questionnaire prior to your bone density scan and bring it with you to your appointment. The technologist for the test will review with you at the time of your scan. Bone Density Test Questionnaire
Dedicated Program for Bone Health
Swedish Bone Health and Osteoporosis Program is Swedish's first comprehensive practice dedicated to the assessment, treatment and monitoring of bone health and disorders, including osteoporosis and related disorders predisposing to fracture.
Almost 34 million Americans are considered to be at risk for osteoporosis, a progressive disease in which bone mass deteriorates - usually in the hip, spine or wrist - making these bones dangerously weak, brittle and susceptible to fracture.
To help detect osteoporosis in its early stages, we offer bone density testing (DXA) which is an enhanced form of X-ray technology that measures the density of your bones in the hip, spine and forearm. Information from the DXA scan is the best tool to help estimate your chances of sustaining a fracture in the coming years.
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Meet the Medical Director
Christopher Shuhart, M.D., is a certified clinical densitometrist who specializes in bone health and osteoporosis disorders. Find out more about Dr. Shuhart here.