What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a condition of thin bones. Our bones are constantly breaking down and replenishing themselves. When we are young and healthy, this process is balanced. As we age, we lose more bone than we make. Because of that, our bones become thin and fragile. After menopause, women start losing bone if they are not on estrogen therapy, and medications like prednisone and anti-epileptics also thin our bones. People with calcium kidney stones may also lose both the calcium they take in and calcium from their bones through their kidneys, increasing their risk of bone loss and osteoporosis. norml_bone.jpg

Normal Bone

Osteoporosis and fractures are major health problems for millions of people. Osteoporosis is silent like high blood pressure. You dont feel osteoporosis unless you fracture, and surprisingly, you can sometimes have a compression fracture of your spine or back and still not feel it! One third of all spine fractures are painless, you dont even know it occurred, yet it can lead to height loss and a curve in your upper back over time. The problem with silent fractures and a silent disease like osteoporosis is that your risk of another fracture can be 20 times greater if you have already fractured, even if you don't know you did. There are no outward signs of osteoporosis until a fracture occurs. In the United States, half of women and one-fourth of men 50 years or older will suffer an osteoporosis related fracture within their lifetime. os_bone.jpg

Osteoporotic Bone 

Dr. Lynn Kohlmeier

       Dr. Lynn Kohlmeier is an endocrinologist specializing in osteoporosis, parathyroid, thyroid, pituitary, adrenal and testosterone conditions. After fifteen years in private practice, she joined Spokane Internal Medicine in September 2014. Dr. Kohlmeier continues to be involved in osteoporosis research, CME educational speaking, and community events that provide information and free osteoporosis screening. 
Dr. Kohlmeier received her undergraduate degree at Yale University, her M.D. and endocrinology fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine, and her internal medicine and post-doctorate training in metabolic bone disease at Harvard Medical School. 


Dr. Kohlmeier is married with two children. She enjoys working with the non-profit Washington Osteoporosis Coalition. Every August, with the help of volunteers, she organizes a non-profit 5K race, Strides for Strong Bones, held in Medical Lake, WA. Together they also recruit and encourage 100’s of women to participate in the Westplains Wunderwoman Triathlon for bone health awareness originally founded by EmdeSports. The education and screening Dr. Kohlmeier and her volunteers provide for the 1000’s of men and women at these annual athletic events supports the prevention of bone disease and fractures. 

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Additional community efforts include the Osteoporosis Resource & Screening Centers in Spokane, which Dr Kohlmeier founded over 10 years ago, which provide free educational services and bone density screening throughout the community. Dr. Kohlmeier also provides assistance to osteoporosis centers around the country by reviewing their DXA BMD bone density tests, their DXA technicians precision and their DXA reports. She has been medical advisor for the exercise programs, Bones and Balance, and Mary Ann Wilson's Sit & Be Fit and has frequently chaired the Physical Activity Session at the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) annual meeting.

Dr Kohlmeier specializing in metabolic bone disease, osteoporosis, calcium, thyroid, pituitary, adrenal and testosterone conditions as well as being involved in osteoporosis research trials.