Bone Health Clinic
1 in 3 women over the age of 50 will suffer a fracture due to low bone density. The combined lifetime risk for hip, forearm and vertebral (spine) fracture is 40%- similar to the risk of heart disease. Up to 80% of those at high risk have already had a fracture and have gone unrecognized or not treated for the underlying osteoporosis.
Do You Have Any Risk Factors for Osteoporosis?
- Prior fracture without trauma
- Family history of osteoporosis/ osteopenia or fractures
- Smoking history
- Early menopause
- Greater than 3 alcoholic drinks daily
- Females over 65
- Height loss
- Risk for falling
People with low bone density do not have any warning signs. Osteoporosis accounts for many deaths, yet goes untreated even in patients who have had a fracture. Proper diagnosis and treatment leads to longer and healthier lives.
Healthy bone is constantly remodeling, breaking down and rebuilding. When new bone creation cannot keep up with bone destruction, osteoporosis occurs. Bone becomes weak and fractures happen easily.
At our bone health clinic, a thorough evaluation is done to determine the current state of bone health. A DEXA scan shows bone mineral density. Lab tests are done to evaluate for causes of osteoporosis.
An individualized treatment plan is tailored for every patient. This may include:
- Lifestyle modification
- Vitamins and nutritional supplements
- Exercise advice
- Fall prevention programs