What is Osteoporosis?
Bones are often thought of as hard, lifeless structures. In fact, they are living, growing tissues that are constantly being broken down and rebuilt throughout your life. Osteoporosis is a progressive disease that weakens bones and causes them to deteriorate faster than they can be rebuilt.
Women are four times more likely to develop osteoporosis than men, especially after menopause when decreased estrogen production accelerates bone loss. One-third of a woman's lifetime bone loss can occur during the first five years of menopause.
Risk Factors for Osteoporosis
While menopause creates the greatest risk for osteoporosis, other risk factors include:
- Ethnicity – Caucasian and Asian women are at highest risk; African American and Hispanic women have a lower but significant risk
- Age – bones get weaker with age
- Family history of bone fractures and osteoporosis
- Early menopause (before 45)
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Calcium and vitamin D dietary deficiency
- Body size – small build, thin-boned frame
- Medication – long-term use of medications such as oral steroids and anticonvulsants
- Inactive lifestyle
How Palos Can Help with Bone Health
Palos Health offers everything you need for healthy bones—from DEXA scans (X-rays that measure bone density) to joint replacement to orthopedic rehabilitation. Our orthopedic experts and physical therapy team will help you chart a path for lifelong bone health.
Palos Osteoporosis Program: Help for Brittle Bones
Osteoporosis was once considered irreversible, but today, with medication and specialized programs like the Palos Osteoporosis Program, it can be halted or even reversed. Learn more about this innovative program giving women new tools for dealing with osteoporosis.
For more information on osteoporosis care at Palos Health or to schedule an appointment, call 708.923.5055.
Osteoporosis Program at Palos
The Osteoporosis Program at Palos Health takes a holistic approach to bone health, combining the latest medical technology and medication therapy with physical therapy, nutritional counseling and education, all under the direction of a board-certified physiatrist (a medical doctor who specializes in physical and rehabilitative medicine) affiliated with Palos.
Customized Care for Bone Health
The Palos Osteoporosis Program is tailored to meet the specific needs of each individual. As a participant, you receive an in-depth physician consultation that is used to create a customized treatment program.
Services We Offer
- Referral for a bone density (DEXA) scan – a simple, painless test that can determine the degree of osteoporosis
- Physical therapy
- Nutritional counseling
- Bracing (devices to support bones and increase mobility)
- Fall prevention techniques
- Osteoporosis prevention education
Medicare now covers specific osteoporosis tests, such as bone density scans. Other osteoporosis services are competitively priced, and many are covered by insurance policies. For your convenience, we will contact your insurance company before you begin to review your specific plan and help you determine what, if any, costs you’ll incur.
How to Get Started
You can enter the Osteoporosis Program at Palos either through physician referral or by self-referral. If you have a primary physician, we'll provide your doctor with regular reports.
For questions about the Osteoporosis Program at Palos or to schedule a consultation, call 708.923.5055.