What you should know about reducing the risk of fragility fractures

As many as 80 percent of all people who have had a fracture related to osteoporosis are likely to break another bone. However, steps can be taken to prevent, or lower the risk of, a second fracture.

“The perfect time to intervene is after a patient has had a first fracture,” said orthopaedic surgeon Douglas Dirschl, MD, an expert on osteoporosis and fragility fractures.

The new Bone Health Clinic at the University of Chicago Medicine identifies, evaluates and treats patients who have osteoporosis or who have had fractures related to low bone density. The clinic’s bone health specialists provide education and innovative treatment options for reducing the risk of additional breaks.

Services at the bone health clinic include:

  • Bone health evaluation

  • Bone density assessment with DEXA scans (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry)

  • Education to prevent or lower the risk of a second fracture

  • Treatment for low bone mass and osteoporosis

  • Surgical and nonsurgical care for fragility fractures

Bone health and fragility care at the University of Chicago Medicine follows guidelines developed by the National Osteoporosis Foundation and incorporated into the American Orthopaedic Association’s Own the Bone® campaign.

Orthopaedic Bone Health

Clinical care providers at the University of Chicago Medicine’s Bone Health Clinic work to identify, evaluate and treat patients with osteoporosis or low bone density related fractures.

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