Bone Health Central Specialist

Center for Orthopaedics

Orthopaedic Surgeons located in Lake Charles, LA & Jennings, LA

The Bone Health Central program at the Center for Orthopaedics is the only Southwest Louisiana program to diagnose, treat, and prevent osteoporosis and other bone disorders. The dedicated specialists see patients at two offices in Lake Charles and Jennings, Louisiana. Reach out to the office nearest you today by phone or schedule an appointment online.

Bone Health Central Q & A

What is Bone Health Central?

Bone Health Central is a comprehensive bone health program at the Center for Orthopaedics. The team offers the best bone health care, including diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of conditions like osteoporosis and other metabolic bone diseases.

Early diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis can dramatically reduce your risk of bone fractures, disability, and death. Bone Health Central offers you the tools and services you need to avoid all of these.

What services does Bone Health Central offer?

Bone Health Central offers the following services:

Bone health history exams

Bone health history exams assess your medical history, including previous bone imaging exams, to establish a baseline for your care.

Bone imaging exams

Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) is a painless bone imaging exam that measures bone density in your hip and spine. With the information from a DXA scan, the Bone Health Central team diagnoses osteoporosis and osteopenia (a pre-osteoporosis condition).

Bone health risk assessments

Bone health risk assessments combine information from your bone imaging exam and medical history to determine your risk of suffering a hip, arm, or spine fracture in the next decade.

If you have a high bone health risk assessment score, you’ll need to start osteoporosis treatment right away. If you’re at risk for osteoporosis based on your bone health risk assessment results, the Bone Health Central team can help you make lifestyle and health changes to reduce your risk.

Blood work

Blood work can confirm an osteoporosis diagnosis and assess the effectiveness of your treatment. Standard blood tests include calcium, vitamin D, and hormone tests.

Treatment

After a diagnosis of osteoporosis or another metabolic bone disorder is made, the Bone Health Central team creates an individualized treatment plan for you. The extensive range of approaches includes prescription medications, lifestyle coaches, nutritional counseling, and specialist referrals where needed.

Bone Health Central covers all your bone health needs, from screening to treatment.

When should I schedule an appointment at Bone Health Central?

Most healthy adults don’t need bone health risk assessment until age 65 for women and 70 for men. But if you have certain risk factors, you might need an assessment earlier. Risk factors for bone disease include:

  • Breaking a bone in a nontraumatic way
  • Having rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
  • Either of your parents broke a hip
  • You smoke
  • You use alcohol heavily
  • You’re underweight
  • You’ve used corticosteroids for longer than three months
  • You have a vitamin D deficiency

The Bone Health Central team can assess your risk factors and determine what kind of testing and treatment you need.

Call the Center for Orthopaedics now or schedule your appointment online to see if the Bone Health Central program can help you.