Osteoporosis, Fractures, and You
Did you know 5,500 bones break EVERY DAY due to osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a serious bone disease that occurs when the body loses too much bone, makes too little bone, or both. It is characterized by weakened and fragile bone tissue, leading to an increased chance of breaking a bone. Fractures due to osteoporosis have a serious impact on your health and independence, often resulting in long-term disability and chronic pain.
But 50% of osteoporosis-related repeat fractures can be prevented. And that’s where Ortho Rhode Island’s Fracture Liaison Service and Bone Health Clinic comes in.
What is a Fracture Liaison Service (FLS)?
It’s a specialized medical team which provides evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment for patients who have sustained a fracture due to osteoporosis to reduce the risk of future fractures. Referral to an FLS provider is an important component of comprehensive post-fracture care. The program typically includes:
- Proper diagnosis of osteoporosis
- Risk factor assessment
- Optimization of calcium & vitamin D intake
- Physical activity counseling
- Lifestyle counseling
- Medication therapy
These interventions have been successful in increasing the strength and structure of bone which decreases the chances of another break. Each person’s osteoporosis is different and your fracture liaison service provider may also order additional studies including a bone density scan, blood work, and radiographs to help assess and treat your condition the best way possible.
What is an FLS visit like?
At the initial visit, we will ask about your history of fractures, family history, and medication use. This helps us determine what testing needs to be completed and gives us an opportunity to present additional information about osteoporosis. If needed, follow-up appointments will be made to discuss treatment options and answer any questions you may have. Your FLS provider will serve as your contact in the process of restoring bone strength and reducing your risk of another break.
Who's at risk?
Many different factors play a role including medical conditions, medications, and family history. You have an increased risk if you:
- Are over age 50, women more so than men.
- Have a family history of osteoporosis.
- Have a low body weight/are small and thin.
- Do not get enough calcium and vitamin D, and do not eat enough fruits and vegetables.
- Have too much protein, sodium, caffeine or alcohol.
- Live an inactive lifestyle.
Getting diagnosed and treated, plus being aware of your risks, is the secret to preventing life-altering situations. If you’re at risk, call us to schedule an appointment.
Osteoporosis Fracture Liaison Service: 401-459-4001 Main Phone: 401-777-7000