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Saturday, January 10, 2009 Donna Snyder, Community Member, asks

Q: What kind of doctor should I look for to monitor my osteopenia so it doesn't become osteoporosis?

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Pam Flores, Health Guide
1/10/09 8:13pm

Hi Donna:  Any Dr can treat osteopenia or osteoporosis, but if you are looking for a specialist that's usually a Endocrinologist, Rheumatologist, OB GYN.  There are some others that specializes but are harder to find and may not be for your age range, like a Geriatrician.

 

You can look up Drs. that are recommeded by the National Osteoporosis Foundation at this link.  Click on the text, at the link, that says: "Find a Dr. or Other Health Care Provider..." If you don't find someone listed in your area at the NOF, I would talk to your primary care doctor and ask if they would be of help.  If you don't have a primary, you can always call the physicians referral department at any of your local hospitals, they're usually very helpful.  Generally you look for a specialist to determine if you have a secondary cause for osteopenia/osteoporosis, that requires a specialty in another area, but it's really up to you who you decide to see.

 

Good luck...

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By Donna Snyder, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/22/10, First Published: 01/10/09