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Michael K Phelan, DMD
(770) 271-0833
4530 Nelson Brogdon Blvd
Sugar Hill, GA
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Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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David Andrew Stokes, MD
(678) 957-3040
4055 Johns Creek Pkwy Ste A
Suwanee, GA
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Orthopedics
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Male
Education
Medical School: East Carolina Univ Sch Of Med, Greenville Nc 27858
Graduation Year: 1997

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Gary Alan Levengood, MD
(678) 957-0757
1075 Satellite Blvd NW Ste 100
Suwanee, GA
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Orthopedics
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Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1988

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William Howard Greenwood, MD
(678) 957-0757
1075 Satellite Blvd NW Ste 100
Suwanee, GA
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Orthopedics
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Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1985

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Paul R Ellis III, MD
(214) 823-5351
3890 Johns Creek Pkwy
Suwanee, GA
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Medical School: Univ Of Tx Southwestern Med Ctr At Dallas, Med Sch, Dallas Tx 75235
Graduation Year: 1982
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Hospital: Veterans Affairs Medical Ctr, Dallas, Tx; Baylor University Med Ctr, Dallas, Tx
Group Practice: Lankford Hand Surgery

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Edward Scott Middlebrooks
(678) 513-8111
7360 Mcginnis Ferry Rd
Suwanee, GA
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Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine

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Yvonne E Satterwhite, M.D.
(678) 513-8111
7360 McGinnis Ferry Rd.
Suwanee, GA
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Orthopedics, Sports Medicine
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Male
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Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, Orthopedic Surgery
Graduation Year: 1987

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Yvonne Edith Satterwhite, MD
(678) 513-8111
7360 McGinnis Ferry Rd Ste E
Suwanee, GA
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Orthopedics
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Female
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Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1987

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Edward S Middlebrooks, MD
(678) 513-8111
7360 McGinnis Ferry Rd Ste E
Suwanee, GA
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Orthopedics
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of South Al Coll Of Med, Mobile Al 36688
Graduation Year: 1993

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David Clifford Naden, MD
(231) 352-5292
Suwanee, GA
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Orthopedics
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Male
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Graduation Year: 2007

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Osteoporosis

A Patient's Guide to Osteoporosis

Introduction

Osteoporosis is a very common disorder affecting the skeleton. In a patient with osteoporosis, the bones begin losing their minerals and support beams, leaving the skeleton brittle and prone to fractures.

In the U.S., 10 million individuals are estimated to already have the disease and almost 34 million more have low bone mass, placing them at increased risk for osteoporosis. Of the 10 million Americans affected by osteoporosis, eight million are women and two million are men. Most of them over age 65.

Bone fractures caused by osteoporosis have become very costly. Half of all bone fractures are related to osteoporosis. More than 300,000 hip fractures occur in the United States every year. A person with a hip fracture has a 20 percent chance of dying within six months as a result of the fracture. Many people who have a fracture related to osteoporosis spend considerable time in the hospital and in rehabilitation. Often, they need to spend some time in a nursing home.

This guide will help you understand

  • what happens to your bones when you have osteoporosis
  • how doctors diagnose the condition
  • what you can do to slow or stop bone loss

Anatomy

What happens to bones with osteoporosis?

Most people think of their bones as completely solid and unchanging. This is not true. Your bones are constantly changing as they respond to the way you use your body. As muscles get stronger, the bones underneath them get stronger, too. As muscles lose strength, the bones underneath them weaken. Changes in hormone levels or the immune system can also change the way the bones degenerate and rebuild themselves.

As a child, your bones are constantly growing and getting denser. At about age 25, you hit your peak bone mass. As an adult, you can help maintain this peak bone mass by staying active and eating a diet with enough calories, calcium, and vitamin D. But maintaining this bone mass gets more difficult as we get older. Age makes building bone mass more difficult. In women, the loss of estrogen at menopause can cause the bones to lose density very rapidly.

The bone cells responsible for building new bone are called osteoblasts. Stimulating the creation of osteoblasts helps your body build bone and improve bone density. The bone cells involved in degeneration of the bones are called osteoclasts. Interfering with the action of the osteoclasts can slow down bone loss.

In high-turnover osteoporosis, the osteoclasts reabsorb bone cells very quickly. The osteoblasts can't produce bone cells fast enough to keep up with the osteoclasts. The result is a loss of bone mass, particularly trabecular bone--the spongy bone inside vertebral bones and at the end of long bones. Postmenopausal women tend to have high-turnover osteoporosis (also known as primary type one osteoporosis). This relates to their sudden decrease in production of estrogen after menopause. Bones weakened by t...

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