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Osteoporosis

Our Osteoporosis Center Advocates Prevention and Bone Strengthening

The Center for Osteoporosis Care was developed in order to help prevent and treat osteoporosis, a disease that gradually weakens bones, causing them to become brittle and prone to fractures. The center boasts a Fracture Prevention Program, the only one of its kind in Brevard, that is designed to help strengthen posture and muscles, which in turn helps to prevent compression fractures and reduces the risk of falling. The center also has the latest in bone density measuring machines, the Dexa Scan. This specialized machine can detect osteoporosis before a fracture occurs.

DEXA SCANS: Early detection with a Dexa Scan is the best way to protect yourself from the potentially debilitating effects of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis does not show up on routine x-rays and taking calcium supplements is not enough.

This simple, safe, and painless test will determine your bone mineral density for the area measured and compare that result with the average density of young adults of your sex and race. This information will help your doctor determine if you need to take certain steps to protect your bone health.

Did You Know?
Osteoporosis causes more than 1.3 million new fractures to the hip, spine, and forearm each year. 80% of those affected with osteoporosis are women.

At age 50, a woman has nearly a 40% chance of developing an osteoporosis fracture during her remaining lifetime.

Osteoporosis Quiz

  1. Do you have a small, thin frame or are you Caucasian or Asian?
  2. Has a female member of your immediate family broken a bone as an adult?
  3. Are you a postmenopausal woman?
  4. Have you had an early or surgically induced menopause?
  5. Have you been taking high doses of thyroid medication or high or prolonged doses of cortisone – drugs for asthma, arthritis, or other diseases?
  6. Is your diet low in dairy products and other sources of calcium?
  7. Are you physically inactive?
  8. Do you smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol in excess?

If you answer YES to any of these questions you are at risk.

NOTE: You may have none of these risk factors and still be at risk of developing osteoporosis.

Teresa Imperiale-Westerfield, APRN-BC, FNP, MSN, RNFA

Superior care, superior results.
Teresa Imperiale-Westerfield, APRN is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner in Family Health. She received her nursing degree from Dutchess Community College in New York and Family Nurse Practitioner degree from Pace University in Pleasantville, NY.

Teresa worked in the Emergency Department of Orange Regional Medical Center and various orthopedic surgery centers throughout New York. Her years as a Surgical First Assistant in Orthopedics led to a passion for Osteoporosis and general bone health. Teresa became a subject matter expert in the disease after spending years working closely with Helen Hayes Hospital in Haverstraw and the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, leading organizations in the field of Osteoporosis. Her expertise led toward the development and management of Osteoporosis Treatment and Prevention programs throughout New York and Florida. Teresa Imperiale-Westerfield is a member of the National Association of Orthopedic Nurses, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the National Osteoporosis Foundation.

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