Comprehensive Bone Health Care
Because orthopedics is concerned with total bone and muscle health, EmergeOrtho also treats diseases that occur when bones become brittle as a result of losing mass. People with osteoporosis are at risk for serious fractures of the hip, spine or ribs, which can severely limit mobility. Osteopenia is low bone mass that is not severe enough to be considered osteoporosis, but should be monitored to avoid developing the more serious condition. EmergeOrtho offers bone density scans (DEXA), which are reliable, painless tests that can determine if you have developed, or are at risk of developing, osteoporosis. Our experts can then tailor a medical plan for you.
What is osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis occurs when bones lose mass and become brittle. There are rarely any obvious symptoms, so it frequently goes undiagnosed until a serious fracture occurs. The risk of developing osteoporosis increases dramatically with age.
Our extensive experience has enabled us to help thousands of patients with osteoporosis, identifying and treating the disease in time to prevent more serious problems from developing.
According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, the number of hip fractures due to osteoporosis increases around age 65 in women and age 75 in men. Twenty percent of those with a hip fracture die within one year, while half of those who survive a hip fracture are permanently incapacitated.
What are the risk factors for osteoporosis?
You are at greater risk of developing osteoporosis if:
- You are female
- You are over 50 years old
- You have a family history of osteoporosis
- You are petite or have a small body frame
- You have hormonal or thyroid problems
- You are in menopause
What is osteopenia?
Osteopenia is low bone mass. While bone density may be lower than normal, osteopenia is not severe enough to be considered osteoporosis. Our comprehensive treatment plans allow us to keep these patients from developing osteoporosis.
EmergeOrtho’s orthopedic specialists are equipped to detect and treat bone loss in its earliest stages through the innovative technology of our Hologic DEXA Scan. A painless, simple, reliable procedure, bone density scans using DEXA can detect osteoporosis before a fracture occurs, predict the chance of a future fracture, determine the rate of bone loss, and monitor the effects of treatment. It exposes the patient to less radiation than one standard X-ray.
Our providers can meet with you to review your bone density test and discuss interventions to help increase bone density and lessen the chances of a future fracture. If needed, additional lab tests are ordered and medications are prescribed. We also offer a physical therapy program that includes an evaluation with an experienced physical therapist and a personalized exercise program to help improve posture and strength, prevent falls and decrease the risk for fractures.
We recommend that women have an initial baseline scan when they turn 50 and a test every two years afterward.
Medication and Medication Management
If you have low bone mass, there are medications that can help fortify your bones and delay or prevent the onset of osteoporosis. We’ll be happy to discuss your treatment options to determine what works best for you.
EmergeOrtho concentrates on treating the entire patient instead of merely managing a list of symptoms. We offer only the most advanced technology coupled with compassionate care to help you emerge stronger.