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What is Osteoporosis?

photo of osteoporosis device being used by doctor on patientOsteoporosis, commonly referred to as “the silent disease,” effects approximately 25 million persons in the United States, 80 percent of whom are women. By slowly decreasing bone mass, Osteoporosis makes bones fragile and susceptible to fractures, particularly in the hip, spine and wrist. These injuries can lead to additional health problems, expense and deterioration of quality of life. The good news, however, is that Osteoporosis is preventable and treatable through an integrated program of education, healthy lifestyle habits, exercise and medical therapies.

What is Our Mission?

The Osteoporosis Program at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center is designed to assist, educate and support individuals suffering from Osteoporosis.

Who is at Risk for Developing Osteoporosis?

The major risk factors for developing Osteoporosis include the following:

  • Family history of Osteoporosis, history of broken bones
  • Prolonged use if certain medications, such as steroids
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Not ingesting enough calcium (as an adult or child)
  • Post-menopause or early menopause
  • Having a thin or small build
  • Smoking
  • Lack of Exercise
  • Prolonged bed rest

Who is Eligible to Participate in the Program?

Anyone suffering from Osteoporosis or experiencing its early symptoms, their loved ones and individuals interested in learning more about this disease are invited to participate in the program with a physician’s order.

Aventura has the capability to provide comprehensive testing for the diagnosis of Osteoporosis. With both an on-site X-ray machine and the QDR4500C Elite by Hologic bone densitometer, the staff can assist the referring physician with the early diagnosis of this debilitating disease.

What Does the Osteoporosis Program Offer?

The program incorporates the most current research in the treatment of Osteoporosis. The comprehensive services offered through the program include Bone mineral density (BMD) testing.

Our facility provides complimentary transportation for those patients with no other means of transportation available to them.

* For additional information on our Osteoporosis Treatment Program, please call at (305) 937-5802