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We're experts at diagnosing and treating osteoporosis. We also help people build habits that improve bone health and prevent fractures.

What is Osteoporosis?

Our bones constantly break down and rebuild. But as we get older, our bones become thinner and weaker. But this happens silently, without you knowing it's going on.

Several things affect bone strength. For instance, some people are just born with sturdier bones than others. Habits like drinking and smoking can speed up bone loss. And women rapidly lose bone when their estrogen levels drop dramatically during menopause.

When your bone strength falls below a certain range, bones break more easily. And if it's very low — a condition called osteoporosis — your bones can break even during a minor fall.

Unfortunately, osteoporosis-related fractures (also known as fragility fractures) are common in older adults. Half of all postmenopausal women experience at least one fragility fracture over a lifetime.

Some of these fractures have serious consequences, like taking away your independence or even shortening your life. And even when the outcome isn't dire, osteoporosis decreases your quality of life.

The good news is there are ways to slow down bone loss and reduce the risk of a fracture. That's why experts recommend a test — called a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan — to check bone strength sometime between age 50 and 65.

When you should get your first DEXA scan after age 50 depends on risk factors., including if:

  • You have a family history of osteoporosis.

  • You're a smoker.

  • You've had a fracture.

Your doctor may also suggest an earlier test if, for example, you slip and break your wrist. Why? If your bones are healthy, a fall from a standing height or less shouldn't cause a broken bone.

Also, the Fracture Risk Assessment Tool (FRAX) can help gauge what your fracture risk is if your DEXA scan shows you have osteopenia (low bone density).

Complete Care for Bone Health and Osteoporosis

Our Osteoporosis Program evaluates and treats people at high risk of suffering a fragility fracture. Plus we help those interested in assessing their bone health.

Choose Luminis Health because we offer:

  • Superior screening rates. Nationwide, many people who need bone health assessments don't know it. What's more, many who do receive a recommendation for screening don't get tested. Luminis Health tests 83% of cases that show need, compared to just 12% at other hospitals.

  • A full range of preventive care. We have a team of experts who help you take steps to protect your bones. We work with you to create eating and exercise plans that fit into your life. Smoke or drink alcohol? We give you tools to cope with cravings to help you stop.

  • Long-term tracking. Our team stays in touch with you long after your first visit. This means we'll likely catch any worsening of your bone health.

  • Constantly improving expertise. Our experts keep up with advances in prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.

Diagnosis & Treatments

 

Osteoporosis Tests and Screening

A bone density scan, or DEXA scan, tests your bone health. It tells you if you have osteoporosis or are at risk of developing it. With this information, you can take steps to improve your bone health.

Medical Treatments for Osteoporosis

We now have more options than ever before for treating osteoporosis and reducing fracture risk. Working with you, we can craft a treatment plan that best suits your needs.

Support, Resources, and Events for Osteoporosis

We have a class specially geared to teaching you how to avoid fractures and improve your bone strength. Plus, Luminis Health Physical Therapy offers a Fall Prevention Program that assesses fall risks in older adults, creates customized fall prevention programs and treats balance problems.

Next Steps & Contact

Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center

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2000 Medical Pkwy, Belcher Pavilion, Ste 101, Annapolis, MD 21401

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