UM BWMC’s Osteoporosis Clinic offers specialized care for patients age 49 and older who have had a broken bone, also called a fracture. Adults who have had a fracture are at very high risk for suffering additional fractures in the future, especially if they have osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease where the bones become brittle and weak, which makes it easier for them to break. There are no symptoms until a bone breaks, so many adults with osteoporosis do not know that they have osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is very common, especially in the older population. It is estimated that 50% of all women and 25% of all men will suffer a broken bone due to osteoporosis in their lifetime. Thankfully, it is never too late to start treatment for osteoporosis.
The Osteoporosis Clinic team meets with patients 2-3 months after they have been treated for a fracture. The care provider meets with patients to determine if they have osteoporosis and develop a treatment plan to help prevent future fractures.
At the first clinic visit, patients have a comprehensive evaluation of their bone health, including:
- Review medical history and prior fractures
- Blood work
- Bone density scan
- Discuss impact of lifestyle, exercise, physical therapy and fall prevention
At the second clinic visit, blood work and bone density scan results are reviewed and a treatment plan to plan to support bone health and help prevent future fractures is established. Treatment can include lifestyle changes, vitamins, medications and ongoing screening.
Fractures can be a major life event, causing pain, hospital stays and lengthy recoveries, preventing you from carrying on with normal daily activities. The Osteoporosis Clinic is here to help prevent you from suffering another fracture.
The Osteoporosis Clinic can be reached at:
8601 Veterans Highway, Suite 111
Millersville, MD 21108