Osteoporosis is a gradual thinning and weakening of bones, which leads to bone fractures. Often referred to as a "silent disease", many women and men are unlikely to find out they have osteoporosis until they suffer a painful fracture...Osteoporosis may be successfully prevented and treated when doctors can detect and intervene early. Important risk factors for osteoporosis include:
- advanced age
- history of bone fracture
- a small thin frame
- a family history of osteoporosis
- removal of the ovaries
- early menopause
- a low calcium diet
- lack of exercise
- eating disorders
- certain medicines(such as steroids or anticonvulsants)
- alcohol and tobacco use
Who is at Risk?
Age is an important risk factor. Everyone, both men and women, loses bone strength as they grow older. Women have higher risk for osteoporosis than men do as women often have smaller, thinner frames. Women also are affected by the change-of-life, known as menopause. After menopause, women produce less of a hormone called estrogen. Estrogen helps protect women against bone loss.
5 steps towards a good bone health...
- Eat healthy, include Calcium and Vitamin D
- Do regular weight-bearing exercise
- Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol
- Talk to your doctor about bone health
- Have your bone mineral density (BMD) tested
Osteoporosis Clinic at Magee Rehabilitation
The Magee Rehabilitation Osteoporosis Clinic offers the following services:
- Comprehensive physiatry evaluation
- Comprehensive physical therapy evaluation and program
- Exercises classes
- Education on nutrition
- Referral for DEXA scan as appropriate
- Osteoporosis Ultrasound Screening
To schedule an appointment for the Osteoporosis Clinic, please call 215-587-3394.
FREE screenings using the Achilles ultrasound machine are offered every Friday from 1-4pm at Magee Riverfront Wellness Center, 1500 S. Columbus Blvd, Phila. PA 19147. The Achilles is an aid to doctors in the diagnosis of osteoporosis. For further information about the FREE screenings, please call 215-218-3190 or email us at Wellness@MageeRehab.Org.
Magee Rehabilitation also offers free community osteoporosis presentations and heel screening sessions. For further information or to schedule please call 215-218-3932.
NEW- Osteoporosis Classes at Magee Riverfront
Beginning Monday Nov. 4th, 2013
Classes meet every Monday&Wednesday for 12 sessions
Location: Magee Riverfront
1500 S. Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia
Cost: Special Introductory Rate of
$40 for 12 sessions (Wellness members)
$60 for 12 sessions (Non-wellness members)
Our 12 session program will provide mini lectures along with exercise classes geared towards the education and management of osteoporosis.
Information will be provided on nutrition (including how to read food labels) and includes a FREE bone screening using a heel scan.
Dr. Jeanne Doherty (Magee Osteoporosis Program Director) will provide a presentation on risk factors, osteoporosis medications and other important osteoporosis facts!
To register, please call 215-587-3190