Ellis Medicine participates in the American Orthopaedic Association’s Own the Bone program aimed at improving bone health.
"Through the program we are focused on identifying, evaluating and treating patients with osteoporosis or fragility fractures," said Cheryl Macri, RN, Ellis’ Orthopedic Unit Nurse Manager. "Education is a major component of the care we provide."
No Bones About It
If you’ve broken a bone too easily you may have experienced a "fragility fracture," a break in the wrist, shoulder, knee, ankle, spine or hip that happens during everyday activities and results from minimal impact, such as a fall from a standing height.* People with healthy bones should not get fragility fractures.
Fragility Fractures are a sign of bone disease, specifically osteoporosis (also known as porous bone, bone that is spongy and full of holes). Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass, which makes bones more fragile and likely to break.
Owning up to the Facts
The U.S. Surgeon General has identified osteoporosis and fragility fractures major public health problems. Consider these statistics:
Up to one-half of all women and one-quarter of men will suffer from at least 1 fragility fracture in their lifetimes.
If you’ve had 1 fragility fracture you’re at risk for more.
Fragility fractures increase as people age, but the most common fragility fractures (spine and hip) begin increasing around age 40 and rapidly increase in the decades that follow.