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Early this year, Phelps established the Osteoporosis Center to provide comprehensive diagnosis, treatment and support for patients with osteopenia and osteoporosis. It is a multi-disciplinary program under the medical direction of endocrinologist James Hellerman, MD.

Each patient is given a thorough medical examination and is interviewed to determine possible risk factors. Lab tests and a DEXA scan may be recommended. Results are assessed, and an individual treatment plan is developed for each patient.

The treatment plan may include any of the following:

  • Medication – Medications that minimize bone loss and reduce risk of fractures may be prescribed.
  • Nutrition therapy – A registered dietitian assesses a patient’s specific nutritional needs and designs a plan that incorporates adequate intake of
  • bone-building nutrients and more global issues such as weight management. Diet plans can be tailored to accommodate a patient’s medical conditions, food preferences and lifestyle.
  • Physical medicine evaluation – Patients who have postural abnormalities may be referred to a physiatrist, who may recommend physical and/or occupational therapy.
  • Physical therapy – A physical therapist helps patients increase strength, reduce back pain, and improve their posture and balance to prevent falls.
  • Occupational therapy – An occupational therapist teaches patients ways to perform activities of daily living that are less likely to cause falls or fractures.
  • Pain management – Patients who have pain may be referred to the Phelps Pain Center. Pain management is a crucial element of osteoporosis treatment because remaining active benefits a patient’s overall health.

Free Group Sessions and a Support Group

The Phelps Osteoporosis Center offers free monthly group programs for individuals living with osteoporosis. These group sessions provide education on nutrition, guidance on ways to perform activities of daily living, and instruction on weight-bearing, strengthening and balance exercises.

In addition, a monthly support group run by a social worker gives participants the opportunity to share their personal experiences and offer advice to others.

The group programs are held the second Thursday of the month from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center, 701 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, in the Boardroom. For more information about the Phelps Osteoporosis Center or to register for the group sessions or support group, call 914-269-1888.

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