Diagnosis

What can I do?

If, as a result of your bone density and/or lab tests, you are found to have low bone mass (osteopenia) or osteoporosis, your physician will advise you of steps you can take to minimize your risk of suffering a devastating fall or fracture. In combination with specific drug therapy to prevent further bone loss, your doctor may ask you to make lifestyle changes in your exercise and nutritional habits.

Nutrition plays a key role in the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis; therefore, managing your diet is essential. At The Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital Bone Health Center, a registered dietician is available to discuss your individual dietary needs and to help you transition to a healthier lifestyle. Through nutrition counseling sessions and diet management seminars, you will rediscover the importance of a diet rich in nutrients. Educational pamphlets will be provided so that you can reinforce nutrition principles at home. To schedule your first nutritional consultation, call (717) 242-7270.

Physical therapy can help prevent and reduce the progression of osteoporosis through specially designed exercise programs that focus on improving your posture and enhancing your sense of balance.  

How Can I Learn More?
To learn more about osteoporosis and osteopenia, we recommend you read the osteoporosis-related articles provided on this website. You may also wish to visit the National Osteoporosis Foundation website for more information. 

The Bone Health Center also offers educational outreach programming.  Speakers are available at no charge to come to your church, school, senior group, business and/or club to talk about osteoporosis and related topics.To schedule a speaker for your group, call Community Relations Department at (717) 242-7226.