May 6, 2014
Take steps to avoid complications from osteoporosis
COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Osteoporosis is a bone disease that causes thinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density over time. The American Orthopedic Association (AOA) estimates that 44 million American men and women are impacted by osteoporosis and the National Osteopathic Foundation attributes more than two million broken bones each year to the disease.
“Osteoporosis occurs when the body fails to form enough new bone, when too much bone is reabsorbed by the body, or both. Osteoporosis is the most common form of bone disease. Many people with this disease often go undiagnosed, and untreated osteoporosis can lead to fragility fractures,” said Dr. Jeffrey Adams, an orthopedic surgeon on the medical staff of Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC).
Osteoporosis presents no symptoms in its earliest stages. Symptoms occurring late in the disease include:
- Bone pain or tenderness
- Fractures with little or no trauma
- Loss of height over time
- Lower back pain due to fractures of the spinal bones
- Stooped posture
Whether or not these symptoms have become evident, there are steps that can be taken to prevent future complications.
“Individuals who are at risk for future fractures should have a bone density scan to determine the extent of the disease,” said Dr. Adams. “We can then prescribe calcium and osteoporosis medications and
schedule a nutritional consultation with a registered dietitian. Taking these steps can help prevent future fractures and ensure a better quality of life for our patients.”
MRMC is a participant in Own the Bone, a program developed by the AOA to help ensure that post-fracture patients receive appropriate evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and coordinated care under supervision of their orthopedic surgeon, osteoporosis specialist or primary care physician. The program’s goals include providing the tools necessary to enable hospitals, medical centers and medical practices to reduce the number of future fractures among patients over 50 years of age.
The orthopedic surgeons and staff at MRMC have a commitment to quality that has resulted in the medical center being named among the 100 Hospitals with Great Orthopedic Programs by Becker’s Hospital Review. In addition, MRMC has attained Joint Commission certification for knee and hip replacement as well as designation as a Blue Distinction Center+ by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.