What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a bone disease that occurs when the body loses too much bone, makes too little bone, or both. As a result, bones become weak and fragile. Weak and fragile bones are at risk of breaking from a fall, or even something as simple as a cough or rolling over in bed. There are usually no symptoms associated with osteoporosis, unless you have a fracture.
TOSH Healthy Bones Clinic
The TOSH Healthy Bones Clinic takes a unique approach at diagnosing and treating osteoporosis and osteopenia. Our nurse practitioner has special training in osteoporosis and takes a wellness-based approach to the treatment of this disease process. Patients will be given personalized recommendations on diet, exercise, supplements and medications to help prevent osteoporosis and fractures.
What can I do if I have osteoporosis?
There is no cure for osteoporosis, but it can be treated. You can help keep your bones strong by exercising, getting enough calcium and vitamin D and not smoking. There are important lifelong habits, but it's never to early (or too late) to start. Many osteoporosis medicines are also available to help treat osteoporosis and prevent broken bones.
You can find out if you have osteoporosis or if you're at risk for the disease by getting a bone mineral density (BMD) test. If you are a women and have reached menopause, or a man age 50 or older, you should learn about your risk factors for osteoporosis. If you have risk factors, you may need a BMD test. If you are a woman age 65 or older, or a man age 70 or older and have never had a BMD test, you should have one.
What to expect on my first visit
- Thorough history and physical exam by a nurse practitioner that is specific to bone health
- Dietary assessment by a nurse practitioner or registered dietician with dietary recommendations
- Fall-risk assessment, if appropriate
- Establish risk factors for osteoporosis
- Blood work, if appropriate
- Ordering of imaging, such as bone mineral density testing or x-rays, if appropriate
- Individualized exercise and activity recommendations
- Medication and supplement recommendations
- Close follow-up with your primary care provider
- Referrals to specialists, if needed