The Orthopaedic Center’s Osteoporosis Clinic provides comprehensive care for people who have or are at risk of having osteoporosis. Our state of the art program helps individuals learn about the risks of osteoporosis and the lifestyle changes they can make to improve their bone health. The Clinic has a comprehensive team of trained healthcare professionals to meet the needs of patients. Our team will develop a comprehensive treatment plan which may include Dexascan, nutritional counseling, weight bearing exercises, and medication if appropriate.
WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF THE OSTEOPOROSIS CLINIC?
- To provide comprehensive multidisciplinary assessment and treatment for individuals with osteoporosis. The clinic evaluates patient’s needs and works closely with them and their family doctor to establish the best management plan for them.
- To provide education about osteoporosis for health care professionals, clinic patients, and the public. This is done in a variety of ways:
- By sponsoring and presenting continuing health professional education sessions.
- By educating the public about osteoporosis through lectures, television, radio or newspaper interviews, and other media.
- To support and initiate research about osteoporosis.
- To collaborate with other hospitals and organizations interested in osteoporosis prevention, support, diagnosis, and treatment.
WHAT IS OSTEOPOROSIS?
Osteoporosis is a condition in which there is a thinning of the bones, causing them to fracture (break) more easily. It is most commonly associated with older women, although men and younger people can also develop this disease.
Who CAN Develop OSTEOPOROSIS?
Chances are you or someone you know has osteoporosis. Osteoporosis affects both men and women. It’s occurrence increases with age and is more common in women after they go through menopause. One in three women and one in twelve men over the age of 50 will have an osteoporotic fracture, affecting around 28 million people and resulting in more than 1.5 million fractures of the back, wrists and hips each year. Eighty per cent of those affected are women and twenty per cent are men.
HOW IS OSTEOPOROSIS DETECTED?
DEXASCAN / BONE DENSITY SCANCAN OSTEOPOROSIS AFFECT YOU?
The DEXA (dual energy X-ray absorptiometry) scan provides a direct measurement of bone density. It is currently the most accurate and reliable means of assessing the strength of your bones and your risk of breaking a bone. The scan is fast, accurate and painless and the dose of radiation used is extremely low. Anyone, male or female, who displays one or more of the risk factors for osteoporosis, irrespective of age, should have a DEXA scan. The earlier osteoporosis is identified, the more can be done to prevent its progress. As a result, women in their thirties should consider having a scan, for comparison purposes in later years
The bone densitometry test determines the bone mineral density (BMD). Your BMD is compared to two norms – healthy young adults (your T-score) and age-matched (your Z-score). Positive T-scores indicate the bone is stronger than normal; negative Tscores indicate the bone is weaker than normal.
RISK FACTORS FOR OSTEOPOROSIS
There are certain risks that you should know about that can increase your chances of having Osteoporosis. These risks include:
- Decrease in the estrogen hormone, i.e., post-menopausal
- Lack of calcium and Vitamin D in diet
- Smoking, alcohol consumption, use of certain medicines
- Lack of exercise
- Family history of osteoporosis
- Female *Advanced age
- Abnormal absence of menstrual periods
- Anorexia nervosa
- Low testosterone levels in men