Bone Health Clinic
The mission of the OSMC’s bone health program is the care and prevention of osteoporosis.
What is Osteoporosis?
More than 54 million Americans have osteoporosis, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. The degenerative condition develops over time, as bones become less dense, taking on a honeycomb-type of appearance. Because of this bone loss, bones become weaker and are more easily broken. Adults over the age of 50 are more likely to have osteoporosis, and women are more likely than men to develop it. Certain medical conditions may also make you more likely to develop osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is particularly troublesome because it usually produces no symptoms – until a bone breaks. However, even that might not be obvious. If you notice a significant loss in height or that your spine is suddenly curving, it could be the result of a fracture due to osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis Care and Prevention in North Central Indiana and South Central Michigan
The orthopedic providers at OSMC believe in the importance of osteoporosis care and prevention. The key to this is regular screenings in order to measure your bone density. This allows your physician to identify when bone loss is occurring – before you suffer a fracture. We can also recommend certain medications and lifestyle or nutrient changes to slow the rate of bone loss.
Ask your OSMC physician what type of screening schedule might be right for you – it will depend on your age and risk factors for the disease.
OSMC Bone Health Providers