Programs/Services

Osteoporosis Clinic

Osteoporosis is a silent disease that causes a significant loss of bone. In its earliest stages it has no symptoms but as it progresses it greatly increases a sufferer's risk of hip, spine and wrist fractures. It causes much pain and, in the case of hip fractures, can even lead to death. More than one million Canadians – about one in four women and one in eight men over the age of 50 – will be affected by this potentially debilitating disease.

Our clinical team plays an important preventative role by identifying those who might be at risk for osteoporosis as well as by building greater awareness in the community of the need for early diagnosis and treatment.  We also provide appropriate education and treatment for those who already have the disease.
 
An important procedure for identifying those at risk for osteoporosis, or those who already have the disease, is through bone density testing.  St. Joseph's has the latest technology to perform bone density tests, a radiology technician who is fully dedicated to BMD testing, and clinicians with particular expertise in the management of osteoporosis who interpret the results of test.
 
Patients can be referred to St. Joseph's for a bone densitometry test or for assessment and treatment in the osteoporosis clinic by their family physician.