Osteoporosis Center
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  • The Osteoporosis Center at Helen Hayes Hospital, which brings together the expertise of the hospital’s Regional Bone and Clinical Research Centers, is internationally recognized as a leader in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis.

    Osteoporosis is a disease that causes weakening of the bones and a loss of bone mass, often resulting in debilitating fractures and disability. Affecting both males and females, the disorder is most prevalent among post-menopausal women.

    The Center at HHH provides a full scope of services in the prevention, identification and treatment of osteoporosis. Drawing on our cutting-edge research, the expertise of a diverse team of specialists, the high quality of our bone density measurement program, and the unparalleled depth and range of services available within the physical rehabilitation hospital, the Center is well equipped to help individuals build and maintain healthy bones, and recuperate from disabling fractures. What sets the Osteoporosis Center at Helen Hayes Hospital apart, and has earned it a reputation for excellence, is its comprehensive approach to care.

    Our Staff

    The Osteoporosis Center is staffed by a diversified team of specialists, including physicians with specialties in endocrinology and internal medicine. They are supported by radiation technologists, physical therapists, nutritionists and nurses, as well as research scientists.

    Services

    The Osteoporosis Center provides a full range of services including:

    Bone Density Testing: State-of-the-art bone densitometers evaluate a person’s risk for osteoporosis and measure current bone mass. A bone density test is a simple, low-dose X-ray test that can easily diagnose osteoporosis. At menopause, all women are urged to discuss the need for a bone density test with their healthcare provider. After the age of 70, all men should also have a bone density test. Please call 845-786-4318 to schedule an appointment for a bone density test, available with a prescription from your doctor.

    Education: The New York State Osteoporosis Prevention and Education Program (NYSOPEP) at Helen Hayes has been designated as the Statewide Osteoporosis Resource Center.
    NYSOPEP provides education about the causes of osteoporosis, the value of prevention and early detection, and options for treatment.
    NYSOPEP information is accurate, current, and research-based. Call the NYSOPEP office at (845) 786-4774 or go to www.NYSOPEP.org for more information.

    Physician Evaluation/Counseling: Appointments can be made with board certified, specialty physicians or nurse practitioners who can diagnosis and treat osteoporosis and its complications. Please call 845-786-4318 to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.

    Physical Therapy: Therapists who specialize in bone and muscle disorders provide both inpatient and outpatient therapy to help restore mobility following fracture.

    Exercise Classes: Both Aquatic Therapy and exercise in the hospital’s Wellness Center, are available to maintain strength and improve posture, balance and flexibility

    Support Groups: Speakers educate participants about the latest medications, nutrition, exercise, and safety strategies for strong bones. Groups meet at the hospital and at off-site centers.

    Research Opportunities: Individuals who qualify are welcome and encouraged to participate in ongoing research studies that examine new medications and prevention modalities. For information, please call 845-786-4804.

    Who Can Benefit?

    Individuals at high risk for osteoporosis, in particular postmenopausal women and elderly men and women, can benefit from prevention and early detection. These include:

    • all women older than 65 and all men older than 70
    • women after menopause or those who have had their ovaries surgically removed
    • individuals who are underweight for height
    • individuals taking steroids (prednisone,  cortisone, etc.) for more than three months
    • individuals with chronic kidney, liver, intestinal or lung disease
    • individuals with a history of endocrine disorders (thyroid, pituitary, adrenal, parathyroid, ovary or testes)
    • individuals with rheumatoid arthritis
    • individuals who have had fracture (without trauma) at age 40 or above
    • individuals who have lost more than 1.5 inches of height
    • long-term smokers or alcoholics
    • individuals with a family history of fractures related to osteoporosis
    • individuals who have had a lifetime low calcium intake and sedentary lifestyle.
    • individuals with medical conditions causing immobility for six months or more
    • individuals taking medications that cause bone loss (high dose acid blocking medications, aromatase inhibitors and certain diabetes and anti-seizure medications)

    In addition to osteoporosis, the Center can help individuals with other metabolic bone diseases, such as Paget’s disease, renal bone disease, osteomalacia (rickets), parathyroid disorders or osteogenesis imperfecta.

    For information on the Osteoporosis Center, or to schedule an appointment for a bone density test or to see one of our doctors, call:
    845-786-4318
    1-888-70-REHAB, ext 4318

    New York State Osteoporosis Prevention and Education Program (NYSOPEP): As the Statewide Osteoporosis Resource Center, the team at Helen Hayes Hospital is a leader in educating healthcare professionals, other public health educators and the public about osteoporosis prevention, early diagnosis and treatment. NYSOPEP professionals are responsible for developing and disseminating current and accurate information about osteoporosis, as well as establishing and providing training and education programs.

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