Posts Tagged ‘Bone Health’
This week a patient was delighted to know she had no bone worries – based on her t-score of -2.4 in her hips. Unfortunately she was very wrong! “Osteopenia” is just a single test result. Other factors placed her at High Risk for Fracture.
One test does not tell the whole story. For instance, my total cholesterol is “normal”. That means that I have no heart worries? Wrong! I have hypertension, type-2 diabetes, and a history of congestive heart failure. I am at risk for heart problems. My patient is at risk for bone problems, specifically Fragility Fractures.
Katie Bries, ARNP, has joined our staff as a Nurse Practitioner. Her expertise is in Adult and Geriatric Medicine. This will allow us to make the most of the time we have with each patient. She began seeing patients on her own Friday. At last!
Katie has been a nurse for 18 years. She now has completed her Masters degree as a Nurse Practitioner at Allen College. Last spring she did a clinical rotation in our office. Impressed with our success in bone health, osteoporosis prevention and treatment, she accepted a position with us.
Aunt Henrietta is celebrating her 89th birthday, and 4 1/2 years without a fracture! This is a major victory for her. She is one of our many stars!
Despite starting on enough calcium and enough vitamin D over 6 years ago, Henrietta broke one wrist, then the other wrist, and finally a shoulder. Finally she added osteoporosis medications. Despite falling all the way down the attic stairs, she has not broken anything since.
Fracture Risk is much more than Bone Mineral Density (BMD) or t-score. Many medical conditions cause bone loss, osteoporosis and fractures. Blood tests can detect medical problems.