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Osteoporosis & Metabolic Bone Disease

The physicians at the Santa Monica-UCLA Osteoporosis Center specialize in optimizing bone health and preventing fractures through education and lifestyle modification. Although it is difficult to restore lost bone, early recognition and reduction of risk factors can slow bone loss before fractures occur. Medications are necessary in some cases to increase bone density and prevent fractures. The physicians at the Center individualize treatment programs tailored to each patient's need. Physicians counsel patients and manage bone health concerns ranging from adolescence through the geriatric years.

  The Santa Monica-UCLA Metabolic Bone Disease and Osteoporosis Center treats aging adults with osteoporosis and a variety  
  of other patients, including runners who suffer from stress fractures and patients with eating disorders, who often have
  poor bone health. 

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Diagnostic Services 

Bone Density Assessment

Santa Monica-UCLA Osteoporosis Center

Bone mineral density (BMD) analysis of the spine and hip with state-of-the-art dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) delivers far less radiation to the body organs than does a typical chest x-ray and has excellent precision. The test takes about 10 minutes to complete. In some instances, physicians may request a forearm or whole body DXA . The Center has certified bone-density technicians who have special training in precise bone-density assessments. 

Community physicians can order a DXA through the Center for their own review, or they can request a same-day consult and interpretation of the DXA by one of our osteoporosis and metabolic-bone-disease physician specialists. The osteoporosis specialist consult includes an assessment of patient history and risk factors, along with personal counseling and treatment recommendations.

As appropriate, laboratory tests may be ordered to help identify cause(s) of low bone density and/or poor bone quality that may be related to diet, metabolism, genetics and/or medication.

Education and Referrals

UCLA physicians provide recommendations to the patient and/or referring physician and schedule follow up appointments as needed. They also provide physical therapy, nutrition and psychology referrals when indicated. Education and informative materials about osteoporosis, calcium, vitamin D, and exercise and fall prevention are provided. The physicians at the Santa Monica-UCLA Osteoporosis Center offer patients individual counseling for minimizing personal risk factors through lifestyle changes.

Because exercise helps to build the body's bone mass reserve during developmental years and helps maintain bone strength in later years, the physicians assist with individualized recommendations for an exercise program and provide referrals to physical therapists with expertise in osteoporosis.

Contact Us

  • Appointments: (310) 319-1234
  • Patient Coordinator: (424) 259-9826
  • Clinic Manager: (424) 259-9385

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Santa Monica-UCLA Osteoporosis Center

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital    
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
1250 16th Street, Suite 2100
Santa Monica, CA 90404

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