Skeletal Disease Health Record Software
People with skeletal diseases, such as osteoporosis, arthritis, or scoliosis, should keep health records to effectively manage their condition and monitor its progression. Maintaining a health journal allows them to track symptoms related to their skeletal health, such as joint pain, stiffness, limited range of motion, or bone fractures. By identifying potential triggers, such as certain physical activities or weather changes, individuals can make informed lifestyle adjustments to alleviate symptoms. Regularly measuring bone density and joint function through specific tests like dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scans or range-of-motion assessments can help gauge the disease's impact and the effectiveness of prescribed treatments.
Keeping a record of medications, including dosages and any side effects experienced, helps to ensure proper adherence to treatment plans. Additionally, documenting doctor visits, including consultations with orthopedic specialists or rheumatologists, provides a comprehensive overview of the disease's management and informs healthcare decisions for better long-term skeletal health.
Sample health journal entries that can be entered into Goopatient*:
Date: July 28, 2023
Practiced gentle stretching #exercises to alleviate joint stiffness throughout the day. Employed heat packs on knees and #wrists for comfort. Increased intake of calcium-rich foods to support bone health. Need to pay attention to exercise intensity to avoid exacerbating joint pain.
Woke up with stiffness and mild #joint_pain in knees and wrists. Pain intensified with movement, particularly during morning exercises.
Noticed increased discomfort after engaging in weight-bearing #exercises yesterday.
500mg #Naproxen (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) taken once in the morning to relieve pain and reduce inflammation.
Used a #goniometer to measure joint range of motion; observed slight improvement in wrist flexibility since last week.
#DXA scan conducted two weeks ago to assess bone density; awaiting results.
Follow-up appointment with rheumatologist #Dr.Brown scheduled for August 3rd, 2023, to discuss DXA scan results and potential adjustments to treatment plan.
*These health records are not real, but compiled by Dr. Mike Stanton of the UCLA Health Center. The data that you put in Goopatient is totally private and stored only on your computer.