At UMass Memorial Medical Center, physicians and nurses are committed to diagnosing, preventing and treating your osteoporosis at our Osteoporosis Research and Treatment Center, as well as our Endocrinology and Orthopedics Departments.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens your bones. If left unchecked, osteoporosis can progress painlessly until fracture (break) occurs. Any bone can be affected, but of special concern are fractures of the hips, spine and wrists. If you’re diagnosed early, progression of osteoporosis can be slowed and complications prevented.
Osteoporosis Evaluation in Central Massachusetts
Evaluation for osteoporosis can help you determine your risk of developing osteoporosis and may include the following:
- Comprehensive health history and physical exam
- Review of nutritional and lifestyle habits
- Bone mineral density testing
- Lab tests to rule out secondary causes of bone loss
- Consultations with physicians and nurse specialists to talk about options and treatments
Osteoporosis Treatment in Central Massachusetts
The goals of managing your osteoporosis are to decrease pain, prevent fractures and minimize further bone loss. Some of the methods used to treat osteoporosis are also the methods to help prevent it from developing including the following:
- Maintain an appropriate body weight
- Increase walking and other weight-bearing exercises
- Minimize caffeine and alcohol consumption
- Stop smoking
- Maintain an adequate intake of calcium and Vitamin D
- Prevent falls by using assistive devices
For fractures associated with osteoporosis, our Spine Center specialists provide expert care and treatment.
Osteoporosis Research and Treatment Center
Our Osteoporosis Research and Treatment Center has played a significant role in the clinical research of new treatment modalities for osteoporosis. In addition to an observational study of Forteo, which is a daily injection that stimulates bone formation, our medical team has been involved in the research of major prescription medications including: