What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis means “porous bone” and is a bone disease that
occurs when the body loses too much bone, makes too little bone, or both.
As a result, bones become weak and may break from a fall or, in serious
cases, from sneezing or minor bumps.
It has also been called a “silent” disease, where you may have
bone loss for many years without any symptoms until you break (fracture)
a bone. A fracture can happen in any bone of the body, but fractures are
most common in the hip, wrist, and spine (vertebrae). Osteoporosis in
the vertebrae can happen during day-to-day activities like climbing stairs,
lifting objects, or bending forward and cause serious problems.
Who is at risk?
About 54 million Americans have osteoporosis and low bone mass, placing
them at increased risk for osteoporosis. It affects men and women of all
races, but white and Asian women — especially older women who are
past menopause — are at the highest risk.
The risk of osteoporosis is also higher in people who have certain medical
- Celiac disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Kidney or liver disease
- Multiple myeloma
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Studies suggest that approximately one in two women and up to one in four
men age 50 and older will break a bone due to osteoporosis. If you’re
50 or older and have broken a bone, ask your doctor or healthcare provider
about a bone density test.
What We Offer:
Evaluation and assessment of bone health, including lab testing, x-rays, and additional studies with personalized
- Fracture risk assessment and fall prevention
- Easy appointments with an experienced nurse practitioner
Comprehensive team based approach to include
physical therapy, medications, and patient education
Christie Robbins, NP
Bone Health Coordinator
Frederick Health Medical Group
Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
Frederick Health Medical Group offers
comprehensive bone health care,
including treatment of
osteoporosis and osteopenia.