Bone Wellness Center

Osteoporosis affects more than 44 million people in America. If you are experiencing back pain or have had a bone fracture, particularly in your back, wrist or hip, you owe it to yourself to meet with our specialized Bone Wellness Center team at Health First.

What is Osteoporosis?

  • A condition where the bones become brittle and weak.

What causes Osteoporosis?

  • Low amounts of calcium and other minerals in your bones.

What are the risk factors for Osteoporosis?

  • Not enough calcium and vitamin D.
  • Sedentary lifestyle. You need to exercise- mild strength training with weight-bearing exercise is best
  • Tobacco use
  • Drinking more than two alcoholic drinks daily
  • Getting older
  • Low body weight
  • Parental history of osteoporosis or hip fractures
  • Taking certain medications, especially steroids
  • Ethnicity—Women who are Caucasian or of Southeast Asian decent

What medical conditions and procedures negatively affect bone health?

  • Digestive and gastrointestinal disorders, including weight-loss surgery
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Endocrine/hormonal disorders
  • Neurological/nervous system disorders
  • Hematologic/blood disorders

What are the symptoms of Osteoporosis?

  • Back pain
  • Loss of height over time
  • Stooped posture
  • Bone fracture, particularly in your back, wrist or hip

How is osteoporosis detected?

  • Two easy, fast and painless tests that measure bone density:
  • Bone mineral density (BMD) test, dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA)
  • Ultrasound

Who should get these tests?

  • Women older than 55 or men older than 70, regardless of risk factors
  • Post-menopausal women with at least one risk factor for osteoporosis
  • Men between age 50 and 65 who have at least one osteoporosis risk factor
  • People older than age 50 with a history of a broken bone
  • People taking medications, such as prednisone, aromatase inhibitors or anti-seizure drugs
  • Post-menopausal women who have recently stopped taking hormone therapy
  • Women who experienced early menopause

What are the treatments for osteoporosis?

  • Medications to slow bone loss and maintain bone mass
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Physical therapy

What should I do to keep my active lifestyle if I've been diagnosed with osteoporosis?

  • Maintain good posture
  • Manage your pain
  • Prevent falls

Your Preferred Brevard County Bone Wellness Center Health First Medical Group Physicians:

Susan Glatter

Susan Glatter, ARNP-BC, MSN, CDE, CCD

Practice:
Bone Wellness Center

Location:
205 E. NASA Boulevard
Melbourne, FL 32901

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