Center for Bone Health

Overview

The Center for Bone Health at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia was established to provide coordinated, comprehensive care to children with bone health concerns. This includes children with evidence of weak bones — those who have had multiple fractures or who have low bone mineral density — and children who are at risk for weak bones because of such factors as immobility, modified/restricted diets or chronic steroid use.

The Center for Bone Health at CHOP is the only pediatric bone center in the region providing both clinical care and bone densitometry (DXA) interpretation. CHOP is already recognized as a leader in the field of pediatric bone research and has the enthusiastic support and collaboration from many divisions within the Hospital.

Outpatient service

The Bone Health outpatient service allows patients to see multiple providers (physician, dietitian and physical therapist) all on one day, in one visit, and in the same outpatient setting. The patients undergo a complete evaluation, which consists of a medical assessment by a physician, nutritional assessment by a registered dietitian and physical activity/motor evaluation by a physical therapist. A comprehensive plan of care is put together for each patient, consisting of necessary lab tests, nutrition interventions, physical activity recommendations and follow-up care as needed.

In addition to our outpatient services, we also offer inpatient consultation services.

Patient referrals

To refer patients to the Center for Bone Health, the referring physician and/or the patient’s parent should contact the program coordinator at bonehealthcenter@email.chop.edu or by phone at 1-877-972-BONE (2663).

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