Aunt Henrietta enjoys her independent life at 90. Especially when compared to how she was 4 years ago!
I visited her while out east for NOF. She easily walked the 3 blocks to and from church. She led the procession up and down every aisle in the huge Shoprite and the Rite-Aid, while stocking up on provisions for the month. She even strolled more than 1/4 mile across the Delaware River pedestrian bridge.
She lives alone in a 2 story house. I am not happy about the stairs, but she does not fall too often, and has not broken anything in 4 years.
Before Aunt Henrietta started treating her osteoporosis aggressively, she was rightfully terrified to do anything. She was talking about dying in her house. She had broken one wrist, then the other wrist, then her shoulder, in 3 separate falls. Her plight and response has been an inspiration in my efforts for bone health.
She started Adora Chocolates (she loves dark) for Calcium, then added high dose Vitamin D. I harrassed her into eating more protein. But when she fell, she broke. Her Quality of life was in the Dumpster. Time for drastic action!
I talked her into the Anabolic, Forteo. She failthfully gave herself a shot every day for 2 years. Because of her aging kidneys, I followed with Prolia. She has worked hard on proper nutrition. She was determined to regain her Independence. She succeeded.
Aunt Henrietta resurrected her Quality of Life. She is stronger, more active, stubbornly Independent, and Fracture Free! At age 90, that is everything.
Aunt Henrietta beat her osteoporosis! You can too.
Find out what you need to correct with a Complete Bone Health Evaluation.
Take Control to Avoid Fractures and remain Independent.
Jay Ginther, MD
Orthopedic Surgeons treat fractures. Now Orthopods are joining the fight to Prevent Fractures.
At the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) 2015 meeting, Orthopedic Surgeons were the most numerous specialty among docs (MD and DO) . This is huge! In 2007 we were above 1% for the first time. Now we are 17%. What has happened?
Orthopods can easily identify persons with bone health issues, because a fracture is the clearest clue that there may be a bone health problem. Often patients see orthopedics for a fracture and do not see their regular primary care doc until their next annual check-up.
The idea that bone health (including osteoporosis) could and should be identified and treated in an orthopedic office was very unusual when I started in 2007. It is still not common, but it is spreading rapidly. We have directly helped a dozen other offices start treating bone health.
The latest trend is for Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and Physician Assistants (PAs) to do most of the bone health assessment and treatment within an orthopedic, or other, office. That was evident at the meeting. Over 1/3 of the attendees were NPs or PAs – many of them working in orthopedic offices.
Family Medicine docs, NPs, and PAs also attended in record numbers. This is a growing trend. Proactively addressing bone health, before a fracture, is taking its rightful place in primary care.
Orthopedic, Family Medicine, and Geriatric practices are increasingly offering bone health evaluation and treatment.
Take Control of Your Bone Health. Get a Complete Bone Health Evaluation.
Jay Ginther, MD
The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) saw major changes at last week’s annual meeting, ISO15. I will present them in detail over the next few blogs.
First, the number of Orthopedic Surgeons has skyrocketed into the most numerous specialty attending the meeting. Orthopods are becoming more involved. This has to be good for preventing second and third fractures.
The major emphasis of the NOF meeting was on Fractures; what they do to their victims, and how we can prevent the suffering they cause.
NOF has joined IOF and NBHA in promoting Fracture Liaison Services (FLS). FLS can be key in identifying persons with fractures, with a high risk of future fractures, and the opportunity to prevent further fractures.
The role of nutrition in building and preserving good bone health received increased attention.
We discussed the places of the various available medications in increasing bone strength and preventing fractures. Changes are coming as we get more options with new and different actions.
NP Katie and I learned a lot. Preventing fractures is becoming easier.
You can take control of your future and prevent fractures.
Jay Ginther, MD