Bone is a living tissue. It is not simply an 'erector set' that keeps us upright; it must renew itself throughout life. Bone health at any age requires a healthy lifestyle, a balanced diet with plenty of calcium, and regular exercise. These factors are important in childhood and adolescence to achieve the strongest bones possible and for maintaining bone health in adulthood.
Our goal is to help our patients build and keep healthy bones.
We specialize in the prevention, treatment, and comprehensive care for adults and children with bone diseases and disturbances in the metabolism of calcium and phosphorus, a mineral that helps build bones.
Our highly skilled team cares for patients through a multidisciplinary approach. Specialists and caregivers include endocrinologists, orthopaedists, physical therapists, nurses, and nutritionists. Bone Center physicians are all faculty at Yale School of Medicine with nationally recognized expertise in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of bone disorders. Our state-of-the-art diagnostic laboratory aids in the treatment of the most difficult disorders.
Although normal levels of sex hormones are important throughout life, the decision about hormone replacement therapy is especially important during menopause in women. Hormones are not right for everyone, and other treatments to protect bones are now available.
Our services include:
- Osteoporosis Screening: Osteoporosis, a common bone disease, is an area of particular expertise at the Bone Center. Measuring bone density is recommended to determine a patient’s risk for this condition. We offer a screening program and provide the patient’s doctor with a complete report that includes information about individual risk factors for bone loss.
- Physical Therapy: We have a close working relationship with experienced physical therapists in New Haven who are specifically trained in treating patients with skeletal disorders. The goal of physical therapy is to improve strength, maintain mobility, and preserve independence.
- Dietary Consultation: Our staff includes a dietitian with 20 years of experience in helping patients choose the correct diet for bone health. She is available for individual consultation.