The cause of osteoporosis is unknown. Risk factors include heredity, low calcium intake, minimal exposure to sunshine (an important source of vitamin) and lack of exercise. It is important to diagnose osteoporosis in individuals prior to a fracture occurring. Since osteoporosis is a “silent” process, detecting it early can prevent future consequences. Good Samaritan provides Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry, or DEXA scanning, to measure bone density and determine if therapy is needed. This quick and painless test allows a diagnosis to be established and can determine whether treatment should begin.
Fracture Prevention Program
The Good Samaritan fracture prevention program represents a strategic approach to identifying and targeting those individuals at highest risk for fracture. The osteoporosis fracture prevention program uses an osteoporosis specialty case manager who organizes and administers the program. He/she will thoroughly assess patients who are at risk for fragility fractures. Individuals who enter the program will undergo an intervention that includes (when appropriate) bone density measurements, risk assessment, laboratory investigation, pharmacotherapy and counseling along with education. The enrollees are then monitored over time to assess whether the intervention is meeting expectations and goals as defined for each patient. Last, efforts to maintain improvements in individual clinical care are essential to the success of the Good Samaritan fracture prevention program.
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