What is Own the Bone?
The American Orthopaedic Association’s Own the Bone® program is a national post-fracture, systems-based, fragility fracture prevention initiative. This web-based program and its 10 prevention measures transform the way your health care provider treats fracture patients. The ultimate goal is to change physician and patient behavior to reduce incidence of future fractures and positively impact osteoporosis treatment.
General Facts about Osteoporosis
- Fragility fractures have become nearly epidemic in the United States among older adults with over 2 million fractures each year – more than heart attacks, strokes, and breast cancer combined.
- At least 44 million Americans are affected by osteoporosis or low bone density. Due to an aging population, the number of Americans with osteoporosis or low bone density is expected to increase significantly.
- Up to one-half of all women and up to one quarter of all men will suffer fragility fractures in their lifetimes.
- One of the best indicators for a future fracture is a previous fragility fracture. Fragility fractures are the first sign of poor bone health. Patients with a fragility fracture are at an 86% higher risk of a second fracture.
Am I a candidate for Own the Bone services?
- Are you 50 years of age or older?
- Have you broken your wrist, hip, spine or pelvis from a simple fall?
If you have answered “yes” to both of these questions, you may benefit from being evaluated for Osteoporosis and the Own the Bone program to prevent future fractures.
About the appointment
Treatment recommendations may include optimization of calcium and vitamin D intake, Fall Prevention education, lifestyle counseling and if indicated discussion of medications to treat osteoporosis.
- DEXA scan within the last two years needed. DEXA can be done at TRIA Bloomington the same day as your appointment.
- Vitamin D level will be checked
- Other labs may be drawn if needed to rule out secondary causes of Osteoporosis
Bone densitometry is an advanced form of x-ray technology used to assess bone mineral density to determine fracture risk. Bone density scans are most often used to diagnose osteoporosis and osteopenia.
TRIA has services to help adults over 65 years of age to prevent falls and improve the fear of falling though balance and exercise training. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries and make up 61% of fractures a year. Patients seen as part of our Own The Bone program may benefit from our Fall Prevention and Balance Program through physical therapy.
Own the Bone Team
For more information on Own The Bone, visit www.ownthebone.org.