Dr. Emily Frank is board certified in dr frankinternal medicine and a Bone Health Specialist. Dr. Frank is an experienced, compassionate and energetic internal medicine physician who has dedicated over a decade to the education of adult patients on wellness and preventive medicine. Her medical practice places an emphasis on the bone health of both men and women.

Dr. Frank graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors from Indiana University, Bloomington. She received her medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis. She completed her internal medicine residency with St. Vincent, Indianapolis. Dr. Frank is a member of the National Osteoporosis Foundation and the International Society of Clinical Densitometry.

Bone Health Program Overview

One in two women and one in four men over age 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime. Osteoporosis, often called “the silent disease,” causes no symptoms until a bone breaks.

If you’ve suffered an adult fracture after age 50, you have an 87 percent chance of breaking another bone in your lifetime.

The Bone Health and Osteoporosis Program is a comprehensive, coordinated and integrated approach designed to address issues related to skeletal health.

Comprehensive Bone Health Consultations

Dr. Frank offers comprehensive bone health consultations, which include:

  • risk assessments for osteoporosis
  • same-day DXA scan interpretation
  • medication management
  • nutritional and exercise guidance for lifelong bone health

Dr. Frank is accepting new bone health patients. Call 317.582.9300 to schedule an appointment or to schedule a bone density test.

Program Objectives:

  • Identify patients at risk for developing osteoporosis.
  • Use state-of-the-art technology to accurately identify bone density. All testing will be read personally by your osteoporosis physician and discussed in detail with you.
  • Evaluate the health of the entire patient by considering all of their medications, health history and individual needs.
  • Provide modern, advanced osteoporosis care to the complex patient.
  • Prevent new and recurrent fractures.
  • Nutrition counseling and optimization.
  • Provide physical therapy and exercise programs to improve balance and reduce fall risk.
  • Tailor medication management to the specific needs of each patient.
  • Increase awareness in the medical and lay community about osteoporosis and the long-term importance of bone health.
  • Participate in clinical research to further advance the knowledge of and treatment options for osteoporosis.

Our unique approach focuses on a thorough evaluation of the patient. We emphasize continuity of care and open lines of communication with medical providers as well as patients. We offer an onsite outpatient clinic staffed with dedicated bone health professionals and inpatient consultations on hospitalized patients.

Who Should Have a DXA?

All women should have a bone density test around the time they go through menopause. Adult women and men should consider bone density testing at any age if they have risk factors for osteoporosis. In both of the above situations, insurance will usually cover the test.

How is a DXA Scan Performed?

During a DXA scan, you lie down for 3–5 minutes while a machine scans your body. It is completely painless. With this test you are exposed to a small amount of radiation—about 1/10 the amount in a normal chest X-ray.

What is a Vertebral Fracture Analysis?

This state-of-the-art image is often performed simultaneously with your bone density test, especially if you have lost height or have been diagnosed with osteopenia or osteoporosis. It is a view of your spine from your chest to your hips that can determine if you’ve had any previous compression fractures of your spine. About a third of these fractures go unnoticed by patients and discovering one may help guide your physician to address this important issue. In the long run, you may even prevent a future fracture.

Learn about the importance of baseline bone density scans from Dr. Emily Frank.