DID YOU KNOW THAT THE OSTEOPOROSIS CENTER AT HRMC…

*was started in 1992, and in 2008 became one of only 14 internationally accredited osteoporosis centers in the world?  Today there are 20 in the USA including ours.

*is so special that it was featured in two PBS documentaries?

*participated in an 18 month project with UNC Chapel Hill to determine the effects of education alone on young women in five western NC counties?

*has a multidisciplinary rehab and education class offered four times a year that is unlike anything anyone else has to offer?

*has a medical director, Dr Kate Queen, who is internationally recognized as an osteoporosis expert and is the treasurer for the International Society of Clinical Densitometrists?

*has densitometrists who are educated and certified by the ISCD – although this is not a state requirement to perform bone density tests?

*developed and sponsors a Bones and Balance exercise class and a Yoga for Osteoporosis class at the Fitness Center?


DID YOU KNOW THAT…

*osteoporosis or low bone density can arrive with no warning? Being tested is the only way to know your risk for fracture.

*osteoporosis doesn’t play favorites? The person you’d least suspect may have fragile bones.

*having a hip or vertebral fracture can rob you of your independence and/or lifestyle?

*with osteoporosis you can break a bone by sneezing or hugging?

*one in five people with osteoporosis will be a man?

*by age 25 you’ve reached your peak bone mass?

*having a quality DXA, learning your risks for fracture and being treated if indicated can enable you to remain physically and socially active and in your home for many years?