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Endocrinology Now Accepting Patients for Osteopenia, Osteoporosis

Hattiesburg Clinic Endocrinology is now accepting new patients for treatment of osteopenia and osteoporosis. Brittany Hollimon, CNP, has a special interest in the evaluation and treatment of these patients. Hollimon has completed the Fracture Liaison Service (FLS) through the National Osteoporosis Foundation.

FLS is a coordinated model of care that strives to ensure that patients with fragility fractures are assessed and treated appropriately and in a timely manner. The goal of this service is to treat patients who have existing or newly diagnosed osteoporosis with or without a fracture, provide appropriate treatment, and prevent further fractures.

According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, about 54 million Americans have osteopenia and low bone mass, placing them at increased risk for osteoporosis and related fractures. Studies suggest that approximately 1 in 2 women and up to 1 in 4 men age 50 and older will break a bone due to osteoporosis.

Osteopenia occurs when bone mass or bone mineral density is lower than normal (T-score between -1.0 and -2.5), but not yet low enough to be considered osteoporosis. A person in this category may benefit from taking an osteoporosis medication, depending on their risk factors for osteoporosis and fractures.

Osteoporosis also occurs when bone mass is low, but bones would be thinner and weaker than those people with osteopenia. A bone mineral density score with a T-score of -2.5 or less would place someone in the osteoporosis range. These patients are at great risk of fracture when falling and would greatly benefit from treatment.

For more information about services at Endocrinology, please call 601-296-2780.

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