Doctor Discussion Guide
Discussing osteoporosis with your healthcare team can feel overwhelming. We've put together a guide to help with tough conversations.
Risk Factor Worksheet
Are you at risk for osteoporosis? Download this worksheet and bring it to your next doctor appointment. Fill it in with your healthcare provider to help assess your personal risk.
Types of Doctors For Osteoporosis
- Your primary care doctor or internal medicine specialist is a good person to start with, because he or she knows your medical history and lifestyle. Your doctor may treat you or refer you to a specialist if needed
- Gynecologists, who typically focus on women’s health, can discuss lifestyle factors that may affect bone density and fracture risk with the onset of menopause
- Rheumatologists, who treat patients with arthritis and other age-related bone disorders, can diagnose and treat many bone diseases, including osteoporosis
- Endocrinologists, who see patients with hormone-related issues, also manage the treatment of metabolic disorders such as osteoporosis
- Fracture liaison services (FLS) are a resource if a fracture leads to hospitalization. Your doctor may refer you to an FLS, where a coordinator will work with you to help you recover from your current fracture and help reduce the risk of a future fracture caused by osteoporosis
- Orthopedic surgeons may be involved with repairing your fracture. They can also help make sure that you get a follow-up diagnosis and an osteoporosis treatment plan
Because you may see different types of doctors, it’s important to let your entire healthcare team know if you have osteoporosis.
There are lots of groups and associations that can help you with education, information and more.
National Osteoporosis Foundation
A leading health organization dedicated to preventing osteoporosis and broken bones, and promoting advocacy, awareness, education and research
International Osteoporosis Foundation
A global alliance of patients, researchers, healthcare professionals and companies working to promote bone, muscle and joint health
American Orthopaedic Association’s Own the Bone Program
A web-based program focused on post-fracture services and future osteoporosis-related fracture prevention
American Bone Health
A source for bone health education and community involvement
United States Bone and Joint Initiative
An initiative focused on the care of people with bone and joint disorders, including improving quality of life and researching osteoporosis treatment advancements
North American Menopause Society (NAMS)
A source for topics and issues that have the greatest impact on women’s health around the onset of menopause
American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) Empower Program
A source for endocrine system health information, including insight about endocrine and metabolic disorders such as osteoporosis
Office on Women’s Health
A source for women's health on a wide range of topics, including osteoporosis, published by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services