Osteoporosis is a disease that gradually weakens bones and increases the risk of fracture. It affects up to 28 million people in the United States.
- It is not just a disease of the elderly or an inevitable consequence of aging.
- Osteoporosis is associated with 1.3 million fractures a year.
- The ideal time for awareness and recognition if risk factors for the disease is prior to a women’s menopause.
- Women are at the greatest risk of developing osteoporosis.
- Osteoporosis is as common as diabetes or high blood pressure.
- Menopause is the single most important contributor to osteoporosis.
- Preemptive measures such as adequate calcium intake and weight-bearing exercise are an integral part of maintaining skeletal health.
Additional risk factors include:
- Family history of osteoporosis.
- Early menopause, before age 45.
- Previous fractures.
- Caucasian or Asian heritage.
- Low body weight.
- Use of corticosteroids, excess thyroid hormone or seizure medication.
- Smoking or excess alcohol use.
- Lack of exercise.
- Lack of calcium.
- Most bone loss occurs within five to seven years after menopause.
- Low bone mass is a predictor of your likelihood to fracture.
At the Osteoporosis Center, which is located at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, you will find a qualified and caring team of physicians who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis. You will also have access to physical therapists, psychologists, exercise psychologists and social workers.
At the Osteoporosis Center our comprehensive evaluation may include simple, non-invasive diagnostic tests that measure you level of bone loss, and state-of-the-art Bone Mineral Density Testing to measure the density (strength) of
Pain Management / Counseling
Living with chronic pain or disability can be difficult. The Center offers counseling that utilizes current techniques such as biofeedback, breathing techniques, visualization/imagery and cognitive restructuring.
Education and Rehabilitation
NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases offers physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Postural awareness of body mechanics.
- Injury prevention.
- Weight-bearing, bone building exercises.
- Exercises for mobility, range of motion and flexibility.
- Cardiovascular conditioning.
To make an appointment or for more information, call the Osteoporosis Center: 212-598-6367