Prevent Osteoporosis Most people with early osteoporosis don't have any symptoms or warning signs. As the disease progresses, you may begin to experience back pain, a curved backbone or loss in height or you may break a hip, wrist, spine or ankle in a minor accident.
A quick screening can help determine if you have osteoporosis.
2 - With the help of your doctor, get a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scan, which is a non-invasive, painless procedure very much like an X-ray. The scan takes approximately 15 minutes. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 330.996.5760 or 1.800.343.2462 or you can have your doctor's office schedule the appointment or you. A referral from your primary care physician or your gynecologist is required for the DXA Scan.
All women over 65 and men over 70 should have a bone density test. But if you are between the age of 50-65 and have risk factors for Osteoporosis, talk to your doctor about getting about having the test sooner.
Prevent Fragility Fractures According to the American Orthopedic Association, nearly 25 percent of individuals who suffer a hip fracture are at risk for death within a year. Those who survive often experience a loss of independence and may require long-term nursing home care. Fragility fractures are the first sign of poor bone health and osteoporosis. Patients with a fragility fracture are at an 86 percent higher risk of a second fracture.
Akron General participates in a National Quality Improvement Program aimed at identifying and treating fragility fractures and underlying bone disease. In 2013, Akron General opened an Osteoporosis Center dedicating to closing the gap in care and ultimately reducing further fractures and the complications that follow.
Patients who are admitted to Akron General with a low-impact fracture are assessed by a dedicated nurse practitioner and then offered counseling on osteoporosis treatment strategies, as well as fall-reduction tactics that can be put in place in the home. Each patient’s primary care physician receives a report on these specific recommendations as well as the option for additional specialized follow-up at the Osteoporosis Center. Individual progress is tracked confidentially to assist in this national effort at slowing this preventable epidemic.
Osteoporosis Center patients receive education on:
Safety and fall prevention strategies
Calcium and Vitamin D supplementation
Nutrition to support bone health
Weight bearing and muscle strengthening exercises
Smoking cessation, if applicable
Limiting alcohol intake
Bone densitometry and the importance of regular health maintenance screening
Risks and benefits of pharmacotherapy
Our nurse practitioner coordinates recommendations among a team at the Osteoporosis Center that includes Endocrinology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Orthopedic Surgery and Primary Care.
Talk to your doctor about preventing osteoporosis, catching it early and treatment options. For more information, call 330.344.7198.