Sikka Hospital is one of the most excellent places to get treated in Jalandhar. Dr. Shagun Sikka is the best urologist in Jalandhar and knows his work well. He has performed more than 5000 complex surgeries in the past three years. His skills and expertise know no bounds.
Dr. Sikka completed his graduation from LTMMC Mumbai in 2007. After that, he did his MS in General Surgery from Dayanand Medical College & Hospital Ludhiana. His education did not stop there, and he did his SR Ship from DMCH Ludhiana for 1 year. But he wanted to specialize, and so he did M.Ch in Urology and renal transplant course from DMCH in 2013-2016.
Because of his field of study, he has significant expertise in kidney stones, prostate disease, kidney failure & various cancers in the Genitourinary system. He is a well-trusted doctor who has treated patients in Jalandhar as well as outside Jalandhar. Moreover, he is not just a doctor, but he also teaches at PIMS, Jalandhar.
Sikka Hospital is identified by the likes of Dr. Sikka, but the hospital also has some state of the art equipment, which makes it one of the best hospitals in the city. The treatment at Sikka Hospital is at par with the international level.
The hospital is well known for treating stone diseases, urology cancers, laparoscopic urology, reconstructive urology surgery, female urology diseases, infertility, etc. And Dr. Sikka is an expert in Endoscopic stone surgery- PCNL, URS, RIRS, Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy to destroy kidney stones.
Sikka Hospital is one of the top-rated hospitals to offer urological treatment to patients. Patients who come here to get treated often leave cured, satisfied, and happy, all thanks to Dr. Sikka and the crew.
American Double Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Vonda Wright, Talks About Osteoporosis
Though bones may feel rock solid, they are actually filled with tiny holes in a kind of honeycomb pattern. Bone tissue gets broken down and rebuilt all the time.
“With aging, humans start to lose more bone mass than we build, and those tiny holes within the bones begin to expand, thinning the solid outer layer. In other words, our bones become less dense. Hard bones become spongy, while spongy bones end up becoming spongier. When this loss of bone density becomes intense, that is what is called osteoporosis,” says Dr. Vonda Wright, American double board certified orthopedic surgeon. “More than 10 million people are estimated to have osteoporosis throughout the nation, and this truly is an astonishing number.”
Dr. Wright has cared for athletes and active people of all ages since 1989, specializing in shoulder, hip and knee arthroscopy. She is currently serving as the inaugural Chief of Sports Medicine at the Northside Hospital Orthopedic Institute and is President of the Atlanta Chapter of the American Heart Association. Dr. Wright also actively promotes National Women’s Health Week & Annual Women’s Health Conversations. Below, we join her in conversation to learn more about osteoporosis in aging women and what can be done to prevent it.
“Bones can break as a result of accidents. If your bones are dense enough, they can withstand most falls,” says Dr. Wright. “However, bones deteriorated by osteoporosis are more vulnerable to breaks. The hip is a common candidate for osteoporosis, and is most vulnerable to fractures. A broken hip can lead to a downward spiral of disability. Osteoporosis is also common in the wrist, knee and the spine,” says Dr. Wright.
Osteoporosis in Aging Women
Dr. Vonda Wright reveals that the hormone estrogen enables women to make and rebuild bones. “However, as with menopause, the woman’s estrogen levels drop, eventually speeding up the bone loss. This explains why osteoporosis is most common among older females,” she says.
Dr. Wright recommends that women get screened for osteoporosis regularly after the age of 65. Additionally, women under this age with a high risk for fractures should also be screened regularly.
Reducing the Risk of Osteoporosis
Thankfully, osteoporosis is preventable. “There is a lot that can be done to diminish your risk of osteoporosis. Taking calcium, vitamin D, and exercising is a where to begin,” Dr. Wright says. She explains that calcium is the vital mineral that maintains bone strength. This mineral can be easily obtained from the food you eat— including milk and milk products and dark green leafy vegetables like kale and spinach—or from dietary supplements. She further emphasized that women over age 50 should take at least 1200 mg of calcium each day.
Vitamin D is also essential as it allows the body to absorb calcium. “With aging, your body necessitates more vitamin D that is produced by your skin in the sunlight. Alternatively, you can intake vitamin D from dietary supplements or from specific foods, like milk, eggs, fatty fish, and fortified cereals,” says Dr. Wright.
Exercise strengthens bones, too, particularly weight-bearing exercise like walking, jogging, tennis and dancing. The pull in the muscles acts as a reminder for your bone cells to keep the tissue dense.
Smoking, on the other hand, deteriorates bones. The same goes for heavy drinking. Additionally, some drugs may also increase the risk of osteoporosis.
“And even if you have osteoporosis, it is never too late to get serious about your bone health. As your bones are rebuilding all the time, you can always promote more bone growth by providing them with exercise, calcium, and vitamin D,” says Dr. Wright. “In fact, this is precisely why exercise is essential, for it shapes balance and confidence, thus preventing fractures. Some exercises even provide loads necessary to build bone mass, along with improving balance and coordination—empowering you to catch yourself before you topple.”
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