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Once is Enough

January 14, 2014 @ 7:13 am
posted by Dr Ginther

Fracturing once is enough.  No one wants to fracture a second time.  Yet, if you fracture once, you have proven that you probably have inadequate bone health, and you are twice as likely to fracture a second time.  Fracture twice and you are 5 times as likely to have a third fracture.  The future is grim, unless you evaluate and improve your bone health.

Cedar Valley Bone Health Institute of Iowa is now offering a Fracture Liaison Service.  We will offer a Complete Bone Health Evaluation to all patients who have fractured, attempting to prevent a second fracture.  The tricky part is getting patients to recognize that a “Bone Attack” fracture is a warning.

Over half of the patients worldwide who fracture a hip have had a previous “bone attack” fracture, but did not take the warning seriously.  HMO’s like Kaiser and Geisinger have cut their hip fracture rates in half by evaluating and treating bone health.

As an orthopedic surgeon, I have seen the misery fractures cause.  Seeing someone go through that misery a second or third time, when it could have been prevented, is too much.  That is why I started to treat bone health issues in my patients 7 years ago.

We are starting our Fracture Liaison Service by contacting those patients seen by Cedar Valley Orthopedics.  However, any and all fracture patients are welcome.

Have you or a loved one suffered a fracture?  Call for a Complete Bone Health Evaluation.  Let us help you prevent that next fracture.

Jay Ginther, MD

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