Osteoporosis and Bone Health Care Center

Dexa Scan/Osteoporosis

People with osteoporosis often don't know they have it until they experience a bone fracture. These fractures are painful and can be life threatening. Good nutrition, cessation of smoking, weight bearing exercise and supplements can slow the loss of bone density while certain medications can help stop or reverse the process.

 

Providers specializing in Osteoporosis and Bone Health:

  • Kathy Mueller, PAC, osteoporosis prevention and care
  • Jillian Leach, ATC, exercise prescription to maintain bone health
  • Amanda Frankeny, RD, nutrition and bone health

We provide comprehensive screening, prevention, and treatment services for osteoporosis. Osteoporosis care involves a multi-faceted approach to bone health. Teenagers and premenopausal women need to optimize their bone density through diet and exercise. Postmenopausal women and men over the age of 65 often have undetected osteoporosis and may need treatment. Some may need blood screening to rule out any other causes of low bone density other than osteoporosis

Dr. Hanks explaining a fracture caused by osteoporosis

The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends that women over 65, younger post-menopausal women who have osteoporosis risk factors and those who experience fractures due to minimal trauma should have a DEXA scan. Some risk factors for osteoporosis include:

  • Are a female past menopause
  • Are a smoker
  • Drink a lot of caffeine or carbonated beverages
  • Are small in stature and frame
  • Have diabetes melititus
  • Have Lupus
  • Have rheumatoid arthritis
  • Have hyperthyroidism
  • Have asthma
  • Have multiple sclerosis
  • Do not exercise
  • Have a history of fractures
  • Have taken steroids or anticonvulsants
  • Have a family history of osteoporosis
  • Have an eating disorder
  • Have had gastric bypass surgery

Scheduling an Appointment

If you would like an appointment for osteoporosis evaluation, care or prevention, please call 717-761-5530 to make an appointment with our osteoporosis coordinator, Kathy Mueller, PA-C.