According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, about 54 million Americans have osteoporosis or low bone density (meaning they’re at increased risk for osteoporosis).
Osteoporosis means “porous bone.” When bones lose their density, they weaken, making them more likely to break. This progressive condition can cause lasting pain and reduced quality of life.
About one in two women and up to one in four men age 50 and older will break a bone due to osteoporosis. The Bone Health Program at Mary Free Bed can help people of all ages and abilities who want to prevent, control or manage this potentially dangerous disease.
Our multidisciplinary team of experts includes physicians who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation, physical therapists, occupational therapists and registered dietitians trained in the management of osteoporosis and related conditions, such as osteopenia.
Together, we’ll help you develop an individualized treatment plan following a thorough bone health evaluation, including:
These diagnostic methods will help us create an integrated plan of care to optimize your bone health and ensure you can safely live the life you want. It may include:
Osteoporosis is the underlying cause of about two million fractures every year. People with the condition can break a bone in a fall or even from small movements, such as bumping into furniture.
If your bones have been weakened by osteoporosis, you may experience:
It’s a common condition, but almost 80 percent of older Americans who suffer broken bones have not been tested.
Risks you may be able to change:
If you recognize yourself in the lists above, talk to your doctor about osteoporosis and ask when you should have a bone density test.
What you can do to protect your bones