OSTEOPOROSIS CLINIC CALGARY
Calgary Osteoporosis Specialist
Osteoporosis is characterized by low bone mass and microarchitectural disturbance, resulting in decreased bone strength and increased risk of fracture.
The Peak Medical Osteoporosis Clinic specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and management of osteoporosis.
Our clinic uses a multifaceted approach, including optimization of nutrition, exercise, and medical intervention. Appointments are by referral only.
Osteoporosis Diagnosis and Treatment
How is Osteoporosis Diagnosed?
Osteoporosis is diagnosed based upon a DEXA bone density scan and history of fragility fracture. Doctors use tools to calculate the risk of a fragility fracture over the next 10 years, including the CAROC (Canadian Association of Radiologists/Osteoporosis Canada) and FRAX® (World Health Organization) risk calculators.
What Should I do if I am Diagnosed with Osteoporosis?
Meeting with a specialized physician trained in osteoporosis management can help reduce fracture risk. A thorough workup including laboratory testing, physical examination, and patient history to identify and mitigate contributing risk factors is recommended. Sometimes, medications are required to reduce fracture risk.
What Types of Medications are Available to Treat Osteoporosis?
There are two main types of medications used to treat osteoporosis: anti-resorptives and anabolics. Many people are familiar with bisphosphonates (such as alendronate), which are the most commonly used anti-resorptives. Other medications include raloxifene, denosumab (Prolia™), teriparatide, and romosozumab. These need to be prescribed by a physician.
Meet Our Calgary Osteoporosis Specialist:
Dr. Tessa Campbell
Dr. Tessa Campbell is a Community Rheumatologist and a Clinical Lecturer within the Division of Rheumatology at the University of Calgary. She received her PhD (Biology) from the University of Victoria before completing her post-doctoral and medical training at the University of Calgary. She is a Certified Clinical Densitometrist and is Bone Fit Trained. She has an extensive history of scientific and medical publications, committee involvement, and teaching. She is also a member of the Canadian Association for Medical Education.
Dr. Campbell is currently accepting referrals for the following:
- Osteoporosis diagnosis and management
- Fracture risk assessment
- Post-menopausal bone health checkup
- Management of glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis
Appointments are available by referral only from a Family Physician or Specialist.
What to Bring to Your Appointment
When visiting our clinic for your appointment, please bring valid government identification, your Alberta Health Care card, and a list of current medications including any vitamins or supplements.
The doctor you see may be accompanied by medical trainees. If you are uncomfortable with this, please let us know before your visit.