APRN, ACNS-BC, MSN, FLS
- Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
- Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist-Board Certified
- Fracture Liaison Service-Bone Health Specialist
Schedule your appointment by calling 309-807-0384
The Premier Bone Center, with Dr. O’Connor and Premier Podiatry, offers comprehensive treatment plans that are individualized to your needs. Shannon Laesch has provided quality bone health treatment for many years in the area and she looks forward to serving you at the Premier Bone Center.
Shannon is board certified as an Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist and sits on the board of directors of the Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing. She is a member of the National Osteoporosis Foundation, National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialist, International Association of Forensic Nursing and the Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing. Shannon was in the inaugural class of the Fracture Liaison Service through the National Osteoporosis Foundation and has a passion for treating bone health. She has provided quality bone health treatment for many years in the area and she looks forward to serving you at Premier Bone Center.
Scott O’Connor, DPM has provided quality Foot & Ankle medical and surgical care for almost 20 years and can handle deformities ranging from simple warts to ankle arthroscopy.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone structure that increases the risk of fractures. It happens when you lose too much bone, make too little bone or both. As a result, your bones become weak and may break from a minor fall.
What is a fragility fracture?
One in two women and one in four men will have a fracture due to osteoporosis.
When a bone with osteoporosis is broken, it is called a “fragility fracture.” Though fragility fractures can occur anywhere in the body, the most common occurrences are:
- Wrist fractures
- Hip fractures
- Spine fractures
What is Osteopenia?
Osteopenia refers to early signs of bone loss that can turn into osteoporosis. With osteopenia, bone mineral density is lower than normal.
Keep an eye out for these common fracture risks:
- Previous fragility fracture
- Recent falls
- Unsteady walking
- Balance issues
- Female over age 65
- Male over age 70
- Low hormone levels
- Glucocorticoid use
- Family history of osteoporosis
- Excessive alcohol use
- Inactive lifestyle
- Diseases such as intestinal problems
- Kidney problems
- Liver disease
- Maintain a Balanced Diet: Eat foods rich in Calcium and Vitamin D
- Exercise Regularly: Participate in 30 minutes of weight bearing exercise, walking or jogging 3 to 4 times a week
- Live a Healthy Lifestyle: Avoid smoking and don’t consume more than 2 alcoholic drinks per day
- Prevent Falls: Use clear walkways and handrails and wear comfortable shoes with rubber soles
Premier Bone Center Hours and Locations:
2005 Jacobssen Drive Suite A, Normal, IL
Tuesday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday and Thursday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
1512 W. Reynolds Suite A, Pontiac, IL by appointment only
Monday 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am – 11:00 am