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Freeman Offers Specialty Services for Osteoporosis

January 08, 2018

Comprehensive Expert Care in Diagnosis, Prevention and Treatment

Osteoporosis is a bone disease that occurs when the body loses too much bone, makes too little bone, or both. As a result, bones become weak and may break from a fall, or, in serious cases, from minor bumps or sneezing. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, approximately half of women and one in four men age 50 and older will break a bone due to osteoporosis.

Freeman Diabetes & Endocrinology Institute offers specialty services to diagnose, treat and prevent osteoporosis. Freeman experts utilize state-of-the-art dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scanners for spine, hip and forearm scans, as well as ultrasound scanners for heel bone measurements. This technology enables physicians to quickly, easily and painlessly diagnose osteoporosis in its early stages to assess an individual’s risk of developing fractures.

Risk factors for women include:

  • Genetics
  • Smoking
  • Early menopause, before age 45
  • Estrogen deficiency
  • Lifelong low calcium intake

Risk factors for men include:

  • Genetics
  • Undiagnosed low levels of testosterone
  • Smoking
  • Lifelong low calcium intake

Many health problems increase an individual’s risk for osteoporosis, including lupus, leukemia and lymphoma, diabetes, hyperthyroidism and chronic kidney disease. With early detection and individualized treatment plans, many osteoporosis patients can enjoy and maintain active, healthy lifestyles.

Osteoporosis services are available at Freeman Diabetes & Endocrine Institute, 1532 W. 32nd St., Suite 402, in Joplin. No referrals are needed. To schedule an appointment call 417.347.8740.

About Freeman Health System
Locally owned, not-for-profit and nationally recognized, Freeman Health System includes Freeman Hospital West, Freeman Hospital East, Freeman Neosho Hospital and Ozark Center – the area’s largest provider of behavioral health services – as well as two urgent care clinics, dozens of physician clinics and a variety of specialty services. In 2018, Freeman earned dozens of individual awards for medical excellence and patient safety from CareChex®, a quality rating system that helps consumers evaluate healthcare providers. The Leapfrog Group awarded Freeman the highest grade possible in the Fall 2017 Hospital Patient Safety Score. With more than 300 physicians on staff representing more than 70 specialties, Freeman provides cancer care, heart care, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics, children’s services and women’s services. Additionally, Freeman is the only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in a 70-mile radius. For more information, visit