Osteoporosis, the reduction of bone mass and density of the skeleton, affects a large proportion of the population. The prevalence is higher in women than in men, and in persons who are not physically active. The complications of osteoporosis are kyphosis, loss of height, low-back pain and fractures, which require surgical orthopedic intervention, as well as a long period of rehabilitation. Fracture of the hip is one of the common complications of osteoporosis, Bone mass is largely dependent upon calcium intake. Recently, it was found that the recommended amount of calcium to prevent osteoporosis should be around 1500 mg per day.

Osteoporosis can be prevented or treated. Bone density measurements have proven to be a very effective method of diagnosis. The Osteoporosis Clinic at Herzog Hospital provides comprehensive services using an advanced DEXA bone density machine. Under the direction of Prof Jacob Menczel, one of the leading osteoporosis specialists in Israel, patients receive a complete examination and consultation.

For an appointment call Haya Heller at: 02-5316869

Prof. Jacob Menczel, Director of the Osteoporosis Unit, is providing free bone-density examinations to Holocaust survivors, and diagnosing their level of osteoporosis. This public service is part of a special research project that proactively identifies and treats Holocaust survivors suffering from osteoporosis.