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Osteoporosis and Bone Health Program

Osteoporosis is a systemic disease that weakens bones, resulting in increased risk of painful fractures that may require surgery. It's referred to as the "silent thief" because there are often no symptoms until a bone breaks, although patients may notice a loss of height or that their posture is becoming stooped.

St. Luke's Osteoporosis and Bone Health program is dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment, and management of osteoporosis, and the prevention of broken bones. Our goal is to help you get on your feet sooner, with fewer complications, and a lower risk of further fractures, and to help you achieve your best quality of life.

Osteoporosis Risk Factors

  • Age
  • Female
  • Caucasian
  • Postmenopausal
  • Family history of osteoporosis
  • Tobacco use
  • Low body weight
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Certain medications, such as corticosteroids
  • Sedentary lifestyle

Osteoporosis Facts

  • An estimated 75% of people who fall and fracture a hip are unaware they have osteoporosis.
  • The one-year mortality for hip fracture patients is between 14% and 36%.
  • Half of patients admitted to the emergency department for a hip fracture will lose the level of activity they enjoyed prior to the injury. Many will never regain their independence.
  • Once you fracture a hip, you're more likely to have a future hip fracture.
  • Hip fractures are among the most expensive diagnoses for Medicare.
  • 50% of hip fractures are preventable.
  • Education and prevention can keep you healthier and out of the hospital.

What to Expect

We work in partnership with your primary care provider as well as specialists in orthopedics, endocrinology, radiology, and physical therapy. Our care program includes:

  • Comprehensive initial visits with an osteoporosis specialist
  • In-depth discussions of osteoporosis, bone health, and modifiable risks
  • Fall risk assessments
  • Treatment and diagnostics that may include:
    • DEXA test
    • Labs
    • Medications
    • Physical therapy to reduce fall risks, increase strength, and improve posture
    • DME/bracing
    • Focus on lifestyle, including nutrition, physical activity, and tobacco cessation
    • Calcium and vitamin D supplements

How do I get a referral to the Osteoporosis and Bone Health Program?

Our program is offered as part of St. Luke's Clinic – Rheumatology in Boise and Meridian. While we require a referral from your primary care provider, our nurse navigator is happy to answer your questions about the program. Please call (208) 706-5884.

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