About Your Appointment
Primary care providers usually refer patients to our program for outpatient consultation for one of these reasons:
- You have already suffered a low-trauma fracture as an adult which makes you at risk for another fracture in the near future
- You had an abnormal bone density test showing osteoporosis or osteopenia (low bone quantity) which makes you at high risk for fracture
- You have medical issues that could cause you to lose bone density and suffer a fracture in the future
First Step: Referral
Your provider will submit a request for consultation and provide us with pertinent medical records including results of lab work, X-ray, and bone density tests (DXA).
Once we have reviewed your physician’s request, we will contact you for an appointment. We welcome a friend or family member to come with you. It is always helpful to have someone with you to take notes and ask questions. Your friend or family member can also help you remember what you and your healthcare provider discussed.
A consultation with a provider includes:
- Comprehensive review of your health and family history
- Nutritional and supplement guidance
- Healthy habits support
- Medication recommendation
Additional testing may be indicated. These tests may include:
- Bone Density Testing–A DXA scan, or bone density test, is a very easy and safe test that measures the quantity of bone at representative skeletal sites (usually lower spine and hip). While fully clothed, you lie on a comfortable table for a few minutes while the scan is performed. It is completely non-invasive–no needles or injections. The radiation from a DXA test is very low (about 1/10th of the radiation of a chest x-ray). DXA is often used to monitor therapeutic response of medication and ongoing bone health.
- Osteoporosis-specific blood work
Available on site
- State-of-the-art bone density imaging
- Blood draw services
- Infusion suite