Osteoporosis

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Osteoporosis is a disease in which the bones of the skeleton become weakened, thin, and brittle. This weakening can often lead to bone breaks and fractures.

If you are in the early stages of osteoporosis, you might not realize you have it. Bone loss often presents with no symptoms in the early stages of the disease, but as bones continue to thin, some symptoms become more prominent. Someone who suffers from osteoporosis may experience back pain or poor posture. More severe symptoms include a reduction in height because of compressed or fractured vertebrae, or an increase in fractures sustained from falls or from simple movements such as coughing or bending over.

While this condition can affect anyone regardless of sex, race, and age, it is most common in older women of Caucasian and Asian descent. Some people are at high risk for osteoporosis because of medication they take or other medical conditions they have. While there are some risk factors that cannot be modified, there are some ways to strengthen bones and prevent the disease.

Osteoporosis is the most common type of bone disease. It is recommended that women who are menopausal begin the screening process; this includes an exam every one-two years to ensure bone health. Signature Women’s Health physicians can help; schedule an appointment with an OB-GYN physician to determine whether or not you are at risk for osteoporosis and to learn how you can better prevent the disease.

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Doctors

Listed below are Signature Medical Group physicians who diagnose and treat this condition.

Timothy J. Billharz, MD, FACOG

Timothy J. Billharz

Liberty, MO

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

Christopher W. Palmer, DO

Christopher W. Palmer

St. Louis, MO

  • Orthopedics
  • Hip and Knee
  • Joint Replacement
  • Trauma

Robert T. Caffrey, MD, FACOG

Robert T. Caffrey

Independence, MO

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

Lauryn T. Newhart, DO

Lauryn T. Newhart

Liberty, MO

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

Atul T. Patel, MD

Atul T. Patel

Overland Park, KS

  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Timothy A. Hall, MD, FACOG

Timothy A. Hall

Independence, MO

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

Kiersten M. Moreno, MD, FACOG

Kiersten M. Moreno

Independence, MO

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

Tracia L. West, MD

Tracia L. West

Liberty, MO

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

Kenneth (Buck) S. Smith, MD

Kenneth (Buck) S. Smith

St. Louis, MO

  • Orthopedics
  • Foot and Ankle
  • Sports Medicine
  • Trauma

Aleksander C. Ferbet, DPM

Aleksander C. Ferbet

St. Louis, MO

  • Podiatry
  • Foot and Ankle

Suzanne M. Eggers, MD, FACOG

Suzanne M. Eggers

Liberty, MO

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

Alisa R. Ash, MD, FACOG

Alisa R. Ash

Independence, MO

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Providers

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Locations

Independence Women’s Clinic

Independence Women’s Clinic
19550 East 39th Street
#300
Independence, MO 64057
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816-478-0220

Kansas City Bone & Joint Clinic

Kansas City Bone & Joint Clinic
10701 Nall Avenue
Suite 200
Overland Park, KS 66211
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913-381-5225

Signature Orthopedics Chesterfield

Signature Orthopedics Chesterfield
121 St. Luke’s Center Drive
Building A, Suite 302
Chesterfield, MO 63017
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314-849-0311

Kansas City Bone & Joint Clinic Lee’s Summit

Kansas City Bone & Joint Clinic Lee’s Summit
3151 NE Carnegie Drive
Suite B
Lee's Summit, MO 64064
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913-381-5225

Signature Orthopedics Fenton

Signature Orthopedics Fenton
1011 Bowles Avenue
Suite 100
Fenton, MO 63026
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314-849-0311

Northland Obstetrics and Gynecology

Northland Obstetrics and Gynecology
2529 Glenn Hendren Drive
Suite 200
Liberty, MO 64068
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816-781-7820

Signature Orthopedics South County

Signature Orthopedics South County
12639 Old Tesson Road
Suites 100 and 115
St. Louis, MO 63128
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314-849-0311