Page ContentOsteoporosis ClinicBesides treatment, the Osteoporosis Clinic provides education using a multidisciplinary approach.When endocrinologist Tom Thomas, M.D., an avid local and national lecturer on osteoporosis, noted the lack of a local clinic that provided focused, comprehensive treatment for this disorder in Houston. He saw the need to create a center at Kelsey-Seybold that would provide patients with the excellence in care that this serious disease demands. In June 2007, Dr. Thomas helped found the Osteoporosis Clinic at Kelsey-Seybold. Osteoporosis is characteristically a painless disease, but because of the serious medical problems it causes, the costs incurred by those living with it can be overwhelming. Kelsey-Seybold offering treatments that may result in significant benefits to both for patients who have a progressed form of the disease and for patients who have been intolerant to previous therapy attempts. Osteoporosis - A Silent Disease Unlike coronary artery disease or diabetes, bone health is often unrecognized since so many patients are asymptomatic. Without adequate treatment, major hospitalization from injuries such as hip and spine fractures may be required.People cannot feel their bones getting weaker. They may not know that they have osteoporosis until they break a bone. Osteoporosis can affect people of all ages, but it is far more common in older people. Not every older person gets osteoporosis, but it does become more common with age. Although osteoporosis is more common among women, isn’t just a woman’s disease. Up to one in four men over the age of 50 will break a bone because of osteoporosis.After reviewing your medical history and the results of your physical examination, bone density test and any other tests related to your bone health, you and your doctor can develop a plan to protect your bones. If you’ve already broken a bone because of osteoporosis, your doctor will recommend steps you can take to slow or stop bone loss and prevent broken bones in the future.Approximately 10 to 15 percent of Dr. Thomas’ practice at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic deals with osteoporosis, and because estrogen deficiency affects bone density, many post-menopausal women seek care at the center. Excellence in Education Besides treatment, the Osteoporosis Clinic provides education using a multidisciplinary approach. Clinic pharmacists and pharmacy residents teach patient education about bone density, help set expectations regarding medical therapies and help patients manage medication side effects. "Our osteoporosis patients are showing improvements because the patients are much more empowered,” says Dr. Thomas. For More Information To request an appointment at the Kelsey-Seybold Osteoporosis Clinic, call 713-442-3222.