Archive for May, 2015
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
What can you do for your mother? Mother’s Day is when you thank your mother for all that she did for you. Seriously? That is too much to accomplish in just one day with flowers and a meal. Perhaps you can do something that could improve the rest of her life!
Your mother is getting older every year. We all do that. Perhaps she is shrinking or developing a humped back (kyphosis). We can prevent that! Perhaps she has fallen and broken a bone. We can often prevent that too!
Over the last 20 years the world has changed. We now know how to prevent bones from deteriorating. We can improve bone health and prevent fractures. The sooner we start, the better we can preserve your mother’s independent lifestyle. Your independence too, if you are her caregiver.
Without attention to their bone health, half of all women over age 50 suffer at least one fracture. We can prevent nearly 2/3 of those fractures. A Complete Bone Health Evaluation tells us in what areas you have opportunities for improvement.
Your mother sacrificed her bone health for you before and after your birth. She gave you a lot. Give back to her. And if you must give chocolates, try Adora Chocolates with a whole meal’s Calcium in each.
Check out your mother’s bone health. Yours too. Then take Control of both your futures.
Jay Ginther, MD