MISSOULA BONE & JOINT: BONE HEALTH CLINIC (BHC)
Missoula Bone & Joint providers are working to raise awareness about the increasing prevalence of osteoporosis and the consequences of bone loss. Patients who meet certain risk factors for osteoporosis or low bone density are referred to our Bone Health Clinic for a complete evaluation. We assess all aspects of your bone health to help you better manage your osteoporosis and live a more active life.
If you have already been diagnosed with or at risk for osteopenia or osteoporosis and are not being treated, our program can help. If you have previously had a DXA scan at another facility, the International Society of Clinical Densitometry (ISCD) recommends that you continue assessment on the same DXA machine for continuity of care. If you have had a DXA scan at another facility you can still receive care at our Bone Health Clinic.
If you have any questions please call the DXA Technologist at (406) 721-4436 ext.7115. We are here to help you navigate the best options for your comprehensive bone health.
What is the Bone Health Clinic (BHC)?
The Bone Health Clinic at Missoula Bone & Joint provides comprehensive care for your bone health. We focus on reducing fracture risks and preventing old fractures from reoccurring.
At the Bone Health Clinic, we provide one-on-one evaluations, coordinate blood testing, perform bone density DXA scans, and offer individualized treatment. Identifying risk factors for osteoporosis and starting appropriate treatment early is important for your overall health.
Osteoporosis means "porous bone." This condition develops when bone is no longer replaced as quickly as it is removed. If more bone calcium is absorbed than is replaced, the density or the mass of the bone is reduced. The bone becomes progressively weaker, increasing the risk that it may break.
Who is at Risk for Low Bone Density or Osteoporosis?
- Post-menopausal females, older than 50 years of age
- Females in menopausal transition (late 40s)
- Males older than 50 years of age with risk factors
Identifying Risk Factors
- Previous fragility fracture
- Family history
- Medications that promote bone loss
- Diseases of malabsorption
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Early menopause
- Tendency to fall
- Poor diet
- Poor lifestyle choices (lack of exercise, smoking)
Our BHC is led by Joan Bond-Deschamps, PA-C, who provides comprehensive care for osteoporosis and low bone density.
Bone Health Evaluation
Once your provider has referred you to the Bone Health Clinic, our technologist will call you to schedule your DXA bone density scan and comprehensive evaluation with Joan Bond-Deschamps, PA-C. You will be asked some health history questions.
The Role of Your Primary Care Provider
Throughout this process, your healthcare provider will be kept fully informed of your test results, treatment plan, and recommendations. Your provider will continue to manage your general healthcare, but may choose to have your bone loss managed by Missoula Bone & Joint Bone Health Clinic.
For more information on bone health, we recommend the following resources: