Osteoporosis Education and Support
General Bone Health Education
Patient knowledge optimizes UW Health's osteoporosis treatment plan. Osteoporosis Clinic nurse practitioners provide this information individually or in a group education setting. In these sessions, normal bone anatomy and physiology are discussed, including changes in bone mass across the lifespan, emphasizing the importance of achieving optimal peak bone mass. Patient diagnosis is reviewed, including bone mineral density measurement, risk factors and treatments. Finally, discussion of medications used to support bone health and management of fracture-related pain, its treatment and prevention will occur. In this less formal setting, individuals can have all their questions answered.
A nutritionist will meet with individuals or small groups to discuss the role of nutrition in building bone mass and maintaining bone health. Physiological functions of a variety of nutrients important to bone health are reviewed, including calcium, vitamin D, sodium and caffeine. The nutritionist discusses recommended daily intakes, food sources and available supplements for each of these nutrients.
Physical Therapy Education
A physical therapist will discuss and demonstrate weight-bearing and resistive exercises that optimize bone health. Proper posture is reviewed and ways to prevent falls and fractures are discussed.
A social worker discusses psychosocial aspects of bone health, including suggestions for dealing with chronic pain, living with fractures and preventing falls in the home environment. Information about support groups is provided.