Osteoporosis and arthritis

Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become weak and brittle, becoming more prone to fracture, even with minimal trauma.

Arthritis is any disorder that causes swelling, pain, stiffness or decreased range of motion in the joints. There are many different types of arthritis and our rheumatology specialists are well versed in discerning each of these.

What you should know about osteoporosis and arthritis

  • Osteoporosis fractures typically occur in the hip, wrist or spine. While it affects men and women alike, older women face the highest risk of osteoporosis. Certain medications can also pose a risk for developing osteoporosis.
  • Medication, diet and exercise combined with medication, when appropriate, can significantly strengthen weakened bones and prevent fractures.
  • There are more than 100 different kinds of arthritis, including osteoarthritis – which is the most common. It develops with the wear and tear of cartilage common to aging, injury and obesity.
  • Many of the inflammatory kinds of arthritis have modern treatment options which can help to not only improve the symptoms but even slow or stop the progressive damage seen in many cases.

Why choose Geisinger for your osteoporosis and arthritis care?

  • If you’re one of the millions of Americans at risk for osteoporosis or arthritis, or you already have either condition, Geisinger offers personalized care using the latest therapies, technologies and clinical trials to improve your bone and joint health.
  • Our osteoporosis program includes two nationally recognized innovations: Geisinger’s Mobile DXA Program and the High Risk Osteoporosis Clinic (HiROC).
  • The Mobile DXA Program brings state-of-the-art osteoporosis screening to primary care clinics and offices. Our DXA mobile van is welcoming, comfortable and is staffed by a radiology technologist who conducts tests on-site.
  • The HiROC Program provides specialized evaluation and up-to-date treatments needed for all patients with osteoporosis, including those who have sustained fractures and those who have not, but carry a risk to do so in the future.

Treatment options

Our rheumatologists employ the latest technology and medications to diagnose and manage osteoporosis and the whole spectrum of arthritis. We partner closely with other specialties, including orthopaedics (who at Geisinger have a nationally recognized fracture care program), primary care and all of our other teammates who encounter these patients.

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