Count on the osteoporosis experts in Stamford Health Women’s Specialty Center to customize a care plan that answers your questions and meets your needs.
Our team is dedicated to helping women and men with bone health issues.
Osteoporosis is a bone disease that weakens and thins your bones. When you have osteoporosis, you are more likely to break a bone. About one in two women and one in four men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis. The most common fractures for people with osteoporosis include a broken hip, spine or wrist.
When to See a Specialist
Depend on our osteoporosis specialists if you have had a bone fracture or other bone health issues. Our team can help you take steps to prevent, slow, or stop bone loss and prevent fractures. You may experience improvement in your bone density and reverse bone loss.
Am I at Risk for Osteoporosis?
Anyone can develop osteoporosis. You face a higher risk if you:
- Are a woman who has gone through menopause or is over 65
- Are a man over 70
- Are underweight for your height
- Have more than two alcoholic drinks per day
- Have a family history of osteoporosis or fractures related to osteoporosis
- Have broken a bone after the age of 40
- Have chronic kidney, liver, intestinal or lung disease
- Have a disorder that affects the thyroid, parathyroid, pituitary, adrenal glands, ovaries or testes
- Have limited mobility
- Have rheumatoid arthritis
- Lost more than 1.5 inches of height
- Smoke or have a history of smoking
- Take medications that may cause bone loss, such as antacids, some chemotherapies, and certain diabetes and anti-seizure medications
- Take steroids for more than three months
Your First Appointment
Count on our team to determine the factors that are affecting your bone health –so we can recommend the best care plan for your needs. During your first appointment, expect us to:
- Ask about your health history and your family health history
- Review results of any previous bone scans
- Recommend other diagnostic procedures, if needed
Osteoporosis Diagnostic Tests
Expect accurate and high-quality imaging because we’re members of the National Osteoporosis Foundation’s Professional Partners Network®. Our diagnostic tools include:
- Bone mineral density test (BMD), or Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) – Uses a low-dose X-ray to quickly examine your hips, spine, and forearm to evaluate your bone mineral levels
- Trabecular bone score – Assesses your bone structure to help determine your risk of fractures
Depend on our specialists to work with your referring physician to create your treatment plan. Your treatment plan may include:
- Exercise plan
- Physical therapy and occupational therapy