BMN Blog

OCT 30

I work with Chris Heck, MD an orthopaedic spine surgeon. We have developed an interest in treating osteoporosis, as a result of patients we have seen with broken bones.

We see patients who have suffered broken hips, wrists, and ankles, but also the vertebral fractures of the spine. These are the patients who are the highest risk for future fracture as they have already demonstrated that their bone is of poor quality.

Dr. Heck and I went to educational seminars and came to understand the problem and believe in the treatment. We want to educate other health providers and patients on the available treatment options to prevent subsequent fractures and break the fragility cycle.

Each year more than 34,000 hip fractures occur (more than 90 a day) in the United States. But published medical studies show that while 80 percent of patients who have a heart attack will begin medication to prevent future heart attacks, only 20 percent of patients who break a bone due to osteoporosis will begin medication to prevent future fractures.

Why is recognition and treatment for osteoporosis problematic? We find that often patients are in denial about the need for treatment. Our goal is to help educate patients on their high odds of having breaking another bone, explaining that medication is the only way to avoid this.

We also want to encourage other health care providers to send patients for treatment before they have experienced a broken bone.

 Who should be referred to our Osteoporosis Clinic?

  • 50 years of age or older and have a low-trauma fracture
  • History of medical conditions affecting bone quality
  • History of fracture-contributing medical conditions compromising bone quality

Let us help prevent the cause of the fracture, rather than focusing on the effect which is the fracture itself.

Lauren Bannon is a Physician Assistant, and Osteoporosis Specialist with Southlake Orthopaedics Sports Medicine and Spine Center.

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