Osteoporosis is a disease that causes decreased bone quality, and is one of the most common diseases in the United States. Almost half of the adult population in the United States has some decreased bone strength.
Most people don't know they have osteoporosis until it causes a broken bone. Those with osteoporosis commonly sustain fragility fractures, which is a broken bone that occurs after a low energy injury that wouldn't normally cause a break. Without proper preventative treatment, another fracture is likely to occur. In fact, studies show that older patients who sustain a hip fracture have a 50% chance of breaking another bone within a year if they don't receive further treatment.
Our bone health program provides additional care for osteoporosis patients who have an increased risk for fractures. Our team will work with you to keep your bones healthy and strong, and prevent another break from occurring.
Trauma chief Anna N. Miller, MD, FACS, has special interests in treating fragility fractures, and often refers trauma patients to our bone health program for further care. In the video below, she discusses why our bone health program was developed and the importance of preventative fracture care for high-risk patients:
Meet Our Team
Beth A. Paige, MSN, ANP-C
Adult Nurse Practitioner
We provide individualized care for patients with bone and mineral disorders, and treatment is dependent upon many factors including the patient's age, measured bone density, and the patient's medical conditions. Treatment is divided into two categories:
Health and Wellness
Almost all patients with decreased bone mass can benefit from making changes to live a healthier lifestyle. Optimizing calcium and vitamin D intake and implementing a regular weight-bearing exercise routine has been shown to positively affect bone mass.
Sometimes pharmacologic treatment may be used, based on the patient's measured bone density and other risk factors. Different medications are available, and the choice of medication should be individualized for each patient. These medications work by either decreasing bone loss or by increasing bone formation.