Duke's specialists in endocrinology and geriatrics work closely with orthopaedic and sports medicine surgeons to identify patients at risk for osteoporosis and offer expert treatment and care of these patients.
The risk for osteoporosis increases with advancing years, but it's not a natural part of aging. It’s caused by a shift in the metabolic processes that control bone turnover and renewal.
Peripheral screening -- a simple ultrasound test of heel-bone density -- can help determine whether bone loss is under way.
Patients determined to be at risk can get a more in-depth evaluation, via a central bone mineral density scan. Painless, non-invasive, and safe, the technology uses a weak x-ray to evaluate the density of bones in the spinal column, hip, or wrist.
Duke provides specialized, multidisciplinary care for patients suffering from or at risk for osteoporosis -- from preventive services to screening to ongoing counseling and disease management.
Our specialists offer the latest medications to reduce the rate of bone breakdown or enhance bone formation. We offer on-site, individualized physical therapy assessment and education for patients suffering from osteoporosis.
To make an appointment with a Duke endocrinologist, call 919-668-7630 locally or 888-ASK-DUKE (888-275-3853) toll-free.