Pinckneyville Community Hospital Introduces Specialized Osteoporosis Screening and Management Service

April 05, 2024

Pinckneyville Community Hospital Introduces Specialized Osteoporosis Screening and Management Service


Pinckneyville, IL – April 5th, 2024 - Pinckneyville Community Hospital (PCH) is pleased to announce the launch of a new specialized service aimed at combating osteoporosis, thanks in part to a generous grant from the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN). Spearheaded by experienced Physician Assistant Angie Eubanks, PA-C, this initiative offers comprehensive osteoporosis diagnosis, treatment, and management conveniently located at the hospital.


Osteoporosis is a prevalent, yet often undiagnosed condition characterized by weakened bones, leading to an increased risk of fractures. Often, the first “symptom” is a broken bone, for example from a simple fall or even from just a sneeze. Recognizing the importance of early detection and intervention, PCH has equipped its facility with a high-tech DEXA machine operated by experienced radiology technicians. This advanced screening tool enables accurate assessment of bone density, allowing for timely identification of individuals at risk for osteoporosis.


"Osteoporosis is a silent disease that can significantly impact an individual's quality of life if left untreated," said Angie Eubanks, PA, who has undergone specialized training and certification in osteoporosis diagnosis and treatment. "With this service at Pinckneyville Community Hospital, we aim to raise awareness about osteoporosis, educate our community on preventive measures, and provide accessible screening and treatment options."


The American Bone Health Foundation currently recommends osteoporosis screening for women aged 65 and older and men aged 70 and older. Additionally, individuals with risk factors such as a family history of osteoporosis, prolonged corticosteroid use, low body weight, or a history of fractures should undergo screening at a younger age. Routine screening may also be recommended for those undergoing certain medical treatments or experiencing medical conditions associated with bone loss.


"Early detection is key to preventing broken bones," emphasized Eubanks. "By identifying individuals at risk and implementing appropriate interventions, we can significantly reduce the incidence of fractures and improve overall bone health."


Pinckneyville Community Hospital's comprehensive approach to osteoporosis care extends beyond diagnosis to encompass personalized treatment and management. For patients requiring intervention, treatment can be seamlessly administered at the hospital's infusion clinic, ensuring continuity of care and optimal outcomes.


Moreover, PCH's Physical Therapy Department is equipped with the latest knowledge and expertise in osteoporosis management. Our skilled therapists develop individualized treatment plans and exercise programs tailored to strengthen bones and improve mobility. By collaborating closely with patients, our physical therapists encourage individuals to take an active role in managing their bone health and reducing the risk of fractures.


"We are deeply grateful to the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN) for their generous support," stated Randall Dauby, CEO of Pinckneyville Community Hospital. "Their $5,000 grant has been instrumental in launching this important program, allowing us to enhance our services and better serve the needs of our community.”


Individuals interested in scheduling an osteoporosis screening or learning more about the services offered at Pinckneyville Community Hospital are encouraged to contact our Family Medical Center at 618-357-2131.


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