Osteoporosis Resource Center
Osteoporosis is a degenerative bone disease resulting from the gradual depletion of the calcium content of the skeleton. This causes a decrease in bone production and/or an increased rate of bone loss. Many factors influence osteoporosis in women and men, including menopause, calcium intake, level of physical activity and use of alcohol or tobacco.
Conceptualized by local physician Mary K. Oates, M.D., the Osteoporosis Center was created in conjunction with the Women’s Health and Imaging Center. The team is committed to enhancing the development and clinical use of diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for osteoporosis and related diseases, as well as helping educate the public about possible risk factors and available treatments. In addition to overseeing the program at French Hospital, Dr. Oates also serves as Director for the Marian Regional Medical Center Osteoporosis program.
Osteoporosis is not an inevitable consequence of aging. Early detection and increased treatment options make osteoporosis manageable.
We offer a range of services such as:
- Diagnostic bone mineral density testing
- Clinical resources for those who have been diagnosed with osteoporosis-related fractures
- Access and fast referral to ancillary services such as nutrition, physical therapy, laboratory, imaging and infusion services.
- Close relationships with our physical therapist(s) to guide patients’ rehabilitative activities.
- A clinical specialist with expertise in prevention, evaluation and treatment who manage the Post-Fracture Osteoporosis Management Program.
Osteoporosis Resource Center also provides a host of free services and resources:
- Osteoporosis Library
- Group support meetings
- Community Lecture Series
- Medical Professional Lecture Series
- Heel ultrasound screenings
For more information about the Osteoporosis Center, please call (805) 597-6700. The Center is located at 1941 Johnson Avenue, Suite 104, San Luis Obispo.