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Osteoporosis: Get the Facts
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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An estimated 57 million Americans are affected by osteoporosis and low bone mass.

Osteoporosis is often called the silent bone thief, and it can be both debilitating and painful. However, there are things you can do now that may help prevent osteoporosis from occurring, or progressing. Proper medical care can help you slow or even reverse its progress and prevent fractures.

Osteoporosis results in an increased loss of bone mass and strength. The disease often develops without any symptoms or pain, and it is usually not discovered until the weakened bones cause painful fractures. Most of these are fractures of the hip, wrist, and spine.

Our experts will discuss how both men and women are affected by this metabolic bone disease. They will address how it develops, early detection and prevention strategies that focus on balance and falls, nutrition, and the variety of osteoporosis medications available.

Bruce Long, MD, is a staff physician in the Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases. He is active in the Center for Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone Disease. Prior to Dr. Long’s appointment at Cleveland Clinic, he was Chair of the Department of Rheumatology at Fairview and Lutheran hospitals. He is board certified in rheumatology and internal medicine, and his specialty interests include osteoporosis and bone disorders, vitamin D, autoimmune disorders, and pharmacology. Prior to entering the profession of medicine, Dr. Long practiced pharmacology in his home state of Illinois.

Lynn Pattimakiel, MD is a staff physician in the Department of Internal Medicine at Cleveland Clinic . She is practices in the Center for Specialized Women’s Health. Dr. Pattimakiel’s clinical interests are in women's health, osteoporosis, menstrual disorders, menopause, and CustomFit Physicals for women. She earned her medical degree at Medical University of Debrecen, completed her residency in internal medicine at St. Vincent Charity Hospital. Her fellowship was in Women’s Health at Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Specialized Women’s Health.

The Center for Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone Diseases at Cleveland Clinic is a national leader in osteoporosis research and other forms of disease that affect bone. Early evaluation for risk of the disease, identification and treatment of osteoporosis can help prevent clinical manifestations of what is considered a silent disease.
The center sees patients with osteoporosis and other metabolic bone diseases including Paget's disease, osteomalacia, osteogenesis imperfecta and others. The center has a state-of-the-art bone densitometer to assess bone density in the hip and spine, as well as radius and total body when clinically indicated. This technique allows the physicians to evaluate the degree of bone loss and to diagnose osteoporosis and the risk for future fracture. Pain management and physical therapy may be integrated into a treatment plan if osteoporosis is advanced or fracture has occurred. Cleveland Clinic’s Department for Rheumatologic and Immunologic Diseases is ranked No. 2 in the nation by U.S . News & World Report and top ranked in Ohio.

The Center for Specialized Women's Health specializes in interdisciplinary mid-life women’s health. Women can access specialized health care at the Center for Specialized Women's Health as well as referral to other areas of the Clinic if needed. In addition to routine wellness exams and health care screenings by our nurse practitioner, we offer CustomFit Physicals for women, menopause consults and evaluation and treatment of numerous medical problems of special concern to women including osteoporosis, hormone disorders, urinary leakage, sexual dysfunction, menstrual disorders, vulvar problems and weight concerns. Center professionals are happy to accommodate patients who are seeking second opinions, as well as patients who prefer female providers.
Cleveland Clinic's gynecology program is ranked No.3 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and top-ranked in Ohio.

To make an appointment with Bruce Long, MD or any of the other specialists in our Department of Rheumatologic and Immunologic Diseases at Cleveland Clinic, please call toll-free at 866.275.7496. You can also visit us online at clevelandclinic.org/rheum
To make an appointment with Lynn Pattimakiel, MD, or any of the other specialists in the Center for Specialized Women’s Health, please call 216.444.4437, or call toll-free at 800.223.2273, ext. 44437. You can also visit us online at clevelandclinic.org/womenshealth.

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