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Take Charge of Your Bone Health!

“Know Your Bones” with Help From TOCA’s Integrated Bone Health Center

Whether you’re a growing child, active adult, or entering your senior years, good bones are important to your overall good health! After all, our bones support our bodies and protect the brain, heart, and other essential organs from injury. However, as we age, bones weaken and lose density, placing us at greater risk for osteoporosis and fractures. The key is to pay attention to bone health before a fracture occurs! That’s why The Orthopedic Clinic Association (TOCA) has an entire team of skilled specialists devoted to your bone health and care. And their mission is to help  patients keep bones strong and healthy at every age.

Helping Patients Identify Risks to Prevent Falls and Fractures

Led by Dr. Dean Cummings, MD, who is assisted by board-certified PA-C Ashlyn Sala, TOCA’s Bone Health Center team offers Integrated Bone Health Solutions™ and works closely with patients to help identify and prevent factors that may place them at risk for a fall or fracture. They created the “Know Your Bones,” program, which is an integrated, results-oriented approach to bone health. It is based around a four pillar system: Biological, Functional, Behavioral, and Environmental patient lifestyle factors.

After an initial patient assessment, the Bone Health Center team creates a multi-disciplinary integrated profile for each patient, with recommendations to help maximize their bone health. This includes input from the patient and their primary care provider in order to put an effective and customized prevention and/or treatment plan into action.

Our First Goal Is Education

According to Dr. Cummings, “Educating the patient is a critical component of our approach. Our first goal is to help the patient truly understand their bone health, and lifestyle issues impacting bone health, before we treat any underlying conditions or disorders. We believe that by building better awareness, we can empower our patients to help them prevent factors that can eventually lead to a debilitating condition like osteoporosis, or a fall or serious fracture.”

Keeping in mind that peak bone mass is achieved between the ages of 25-30, TOCA Bone Health Center specialists look for ways to help patients overcome the decline in bone formation that occurs as we age. Maintaining a proper diet and taking the recommended amount of calcium and vitamin D is critical. Weight bearing exercises, along with a healthy lifestyle, also lessen the impact of bone loss. TOCA’s Bone Health Center team seek input from patients in order to identify potential areas of concern in the home or workplace that could lead to a fall. In addition, medications to either lessen the amount of bone loss or increase bone formation can be started, if and when appropriate.

“We’re very much aware that no two patients are alike and different factors come into play that impact bone health during different stages of life,” adds Dr. Cummings. “Teenagers form bone faster than they lose bone. Women undergoing menopause lose bone more quickly. Whatever age or stage of life they’re in, we offer a range of preventative treatments customized to help each patient protect their bones so that they can live an active and healthy lifestyle.”

It’s never too early or too late to take charge of your bone health. Schedule an appointment with TOCA’s Bone Health Center specialists today! Contact us at 602.512-8452 or bonehealthcenter@tocamd.com.