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Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis

Pioneering Advances in Osteoporosis Care

Have you heard a lot about osteoporosis, the brittle bone disease in current news and commercials? That's because it affects about two million men and eight million women. Hip, pelvic, spine and wrist fractures due to osteoporosis can significantly threaten your independence and can be accompanied by complications.

However, Geisinger's Osteoporosis Program has received national recognition for its pioneering work in the clinical management of patients at risk for osteoporosis. Our best practices in diagnosis, treatment, and research of this bone-thinning disease have earned Geisinger several national awards. Among them is the Wyeth HERA Award, which recognized Geisinger for its Osteoporosis Disease Management Program. Geisinger was also named one of the top four Best Practices in Women's Health by the American Association of Health Plans.

Our clinical specialists have the expertise and the technology to provide the most advanced osteoporosis care in our region. And the latest FDA-approved medications have been shown to reduce your risk of fracture.

Our Services

Geisinger's Osteoporosis Program is dedicated to providing the best treatment plan for you. Women, especially, begin losing bone mineral density in their 20's and 30's. The amount you lose depends on a number of risk factors, all of which we take into account.

Whether you are at risk or have the disease, we offer customized care that incorporates the latest therapies, technologies, and clinical trials. That includes our bone density testing facilities and our mobile testing units that offer bone scanning at primary care physicians' offices in your area.

Geisinger's Consultation Services provide an excellent way to begin focusing on your bone health. Our clinical nurse specialists and physicians work with you to develop a customized wellness plan built around your health risk assessment.

When a Bump Means a Break

For individuals with advanced osteoporosis, the bones have lost so much density that merely bumping the corner of a table can cause a broken hip. The condition was once thought to be an inevitable part of aging, but is now known to be preventable in many, many cases. We focus on risk assessment and those high-risk groups are recommended for effective treatments.

Find a physician

Osteoporosis care is managed by the Department of Rheumatology. Click below for a list of Geisinger rheumatologists: