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Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment Technology Available at Crossing Rivers Health

 

Prairie du Chien, WI – Osteoporosis is a growing healthcare crisis affecting millions of women and men worldwide. Only about 10% of women over the age of 65 have normal bone mass. According to a report on the Prevention and Management of Osteoporosis prepared by the World Health Organization, 77 percent of American women with osteoporosis are undiagnosed and therefore untreated. Osteoporosis is both preventable and treatable, and testing is safe and non-invasive. A bone density test with dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) is the only way to diagnose osteoporosis before a broken bone occurs.

 

“The statistics surrounding osteoporosis are astounding,” explained Tim Clark, Director of Medical Imaging at Crossing Rivers Health. “One in two women and one in four men 50 years of age and older will break a bone due to osteoporosis. A DEXA scan is painless, takes only a few minutes to complete, and the radiation dose is extremely low. Bone density testing provides advanced diagnostic tools to support early detection and treatment of osteoporosis. At Crossing Rivers Health, we are proud to offer the latest bone densitometry technology available.”

 

Individuals at risk for developing osteoporosis include those 50 years of age and older, postmenopausal women, those who have broken bones or experienced height loss, taking certain medications, or with diagnosed illnesses. Lifestyle factors such inactivity, smoking, or excessive alcohol intake can also play a role in osteoporosis development, along with insufficient calcium and vitamin D intake, not eating enough fruits and vegetables, or consuming too much protein, sodium, and caffeine. Having a low body weight or experiencing rapid weight loss are additional risk factors.

 

The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends bone density testing for the following:

  • Women of menopausal age (average age 51) with risk factors
  • Women age 65 or older
  • Postmenopausal women under age 65 with risk factors
  • Men age 70 or older
  • Men age 50-69 with risk factors
  • Individuals who break a bone after age 50

“Our bone densitometry technology is able to accurately determine bone mineral density, pinpoint fractures, identify aortic calcifications, and measure body composition,” added Clark. “If you have any of the risk factors, be proactive and ask your primary care provider to schedule your bone density test at Crossing Rivers Health.

 

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Crossing Rivers Health Clinic Welcomes Matthew Snitker

Prairie du Chien, WI - Crossing Rivers Health Clinic announces the addition of Matthew Snitker, Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, to the team of clinic providers. Matthew is now accepting patients of all ages at the Prairie du Chien clinic.

“I have been involved in the healthcare field for ten years in various settings and am passionate about providing care to rural communities,” explained Matthew. “This will allow me to build stronger and continuous relationships with patients and families.”

Matthew strives to treat all patients as individuals and takes pride in doing whatever it takes to provide quality care to all.

“I focus my work on being a good listener, looking at the whole picture, and advocating for my patients to help ensure that they are physically, mentally, and emotionally sound,” added Matthew. “I stay true to my own values by being available and committed to their care.”

Matthew received an Associate Degree in Nursing from Northeast Iowa Community College, along with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Iowa and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Viterbo University. He performed a nurse practitioner residency at Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.

“On a personal note, I am married to my wife, Ciara, a school teacher, and we have one child, Dax. I enjoy spending time with my family, exercising, and anything that involves the outdoors. As a Type 1 diabetic, I personally understand the struggles of living with a chronic disease and aim to help others manage their own health with appropriate evidence-based practices,” shared Matthew. “I look forward to this next step in my career and working together with a strong group of healthcare professionals to provide the best possible care for our patients.”

Crossing Rivers Health Clinics provide individualized care to meet the needs of residents of the region. To schedule an appointment with Matthew or one of the other providers at Crossing Rivers Health Clinic, call 608-357-2500. Meet the clinic providers and learn about clinic services by visiting crossingrivers.org/clinic.



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