Avita Health System has started an Osteoporosis Clinic as part of the new "Avita Cares for Women" program. The Osteoporosis Clinic is held at Avita’s Orthopedic Center at 955 Hosford Road in Galion. Patients are seen by Laurie Cullen, PA-C, who evaluates and treats patients suspected to have osteoporosis.
Patients who may benefit from the Osteoporosis Clinic include:
Patients are seen in the Clinic will undergo a thorough history and physical and appropriate lab work may be drawn. A Dexa Scan (bone density test) may also be performed. Treatment plans include medication, lifestyle modifications, exercise, and patient education materials.
Osteoporosis has no symptoms. A fracture may be the first sign that you have the disease. Bone loss usually starts slowly around age 30 and increases with age. For men, bone loss tends to occur gradually over time, while women experience a period of heightened bone loss around menopause that then slows down again after a few years. Thin people with small bones are at the highest risk of developing osteoporosis. Smoking, excess alcohol consumption, an inactive lifestyle, certain prescription medications, and a diet low in calcium and Vitamin D may also lead to osteoporosis.
Each year, there are approximately two million fractures that are a direct result of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis fractures are more common than heart attacks, strokes, and breast cancer combined.
Approximately 300,000 men and women fracture a hip each year; one-fourth of those remain in the nursing home and one-half never regain baseline function. The remaining one-fourth die within the first year.
For more information or to schedule an appointment in the Osteoporosis Clinic, call 419-468-7059.