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Five easy steps to reduce your risk for Osteoporosis

May 25, 2007

(Middletown, NY) – Orange Regional Medical Center is asking the community to take action to improve their bone health this May during Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month.

Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become fragile and more likely to break. If not prevented or if left untreated, osteoporosis can progress painlessly until a bone breaks. These broken bones, also known as fractures, occur typically in the hip, spine, and wrist.

Orange Regional’s Bone and Joint Center promotes increased awareness on the importance of bone health and osteoporosis prevention through education and by providing the most advanced services to better care for patients with this disease. “After age 40, mineral deposits in our bones break down quicker than they can be replaced,” says Dr. Ronald Israelski, chairman of Orthopedics and medical director of The Bone and Joint Center at Orange Regional. “Osteoporosis accelerates this process, leading to decreased bone mass and increased risk of fracture.” He added, more than 24 million people in the United States are affected leading to millions of fractures to the spine, hip or wrist areas each year.

“Osteoporosis can be treated by increasing calcium and vitamin D intake, exercising regularly, taking estrogen and making other lifestyle changes (decreasing smoking and alcohol consumption),” Dr. Israelski adds.

Building strong bones during childhood and adolescence can be the best defense against developing osteoporosis later. There are five steps, which together can optimize bone health and help prevent osteoporosis. They are:

1· A balanced diet rich in calcium and vitamin D

2· Weight-bearing and resistance-training exercises

3· A healthy lifestyle with no smoking or excessive alcohol intake

4· Talking to one’s healthcare professional about bone health

5· Bone mineral density testing and medication when appropriate

Gene Bernieri, CRA, Administrator of Diagnostic Imaging says, “specialized, non-invasive radiology scans, called bone mineral density (BMD) tests, can measure bone density in various sites of the body.” A BMD test can:

1· Detect osteoporosis before a fracture occurs

2· Predict chances of fracturing in the future

3· Determine rate of bone loss and/or monitor the effects of treatment if a BMD test is conducted at intervals of one year or more

Ask your doctor if you may be at risk for Osteoporosis. If you need a physician, call Orange Regional’s Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762). To schedule a Bone Mineral Density test, call 1-866-ORMC-TEST (1-866-676-2837).

Orange Regional Medical Center’s Bone and Joint Center

Affiliated with the prestigious NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases “ranked as one of the nation’s best hospitals for orthopedics and rheumatology” Orange Regional is the area’s most experienced provider of orthopedic care from knee and hip replacement to a wide range of advanced therapies and treatments. Because preparation for surgery and recovery is an important part of your care, pre-surgical joint replacement education classes are available. The class will give you a better understanding of what to expect before, during and after surgery. The class includes: a review of your type of surgery, pre-surgical and post-surgical information, written exercise instructions, nutritional information, and a look at the medical equipment that will be used during your surgical experience. For more information or to register, please call Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762).

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