The Orthopaedic Bone Health Clinic is a one-of-kind program in southeastern Wisconsin dedicated to improving the quality of life and outcomes for patients after suffering a fracture.
The primary goal of the Orthopaedic Bone Health Clinic is to prevent another fracture from occurring.
Why do I need a bone health evaluation?
- Falling and suffering a broken bone, otherwise known as a fracture, does not have to be a “normal” part of aging.
- Your risk for a second fracture increases by 86% after your first fracture.
- Fractures reduce an individual’s quality of life and independence.
- Fractures due to osteoporosis exceed the number of cases of breast cancer, stroke, and heart attacks combined.
- Bone mineral density quickly declines in women during the five to eight years after menopause.
- Osteoporosis does not only affect women. The number of osteoporosis-related fractures in men is similar to the number of heart attacks that occur and is greater than the number of lung and prostate cancer cases combined.
How will a bone health evaluation benefit me?
- Reduces your risk of having another fracture.
- Improves quality of life and outcomes after a fracture.
- Helps you to maintain your independence and ability to continue doing the activities you enjoy.
What will happen at my initial visit?
- Discuss medical history.
- Perform a physical exam.
- Discuss risk factors for osteoporosis.
- Discuss calcium and vitamin D intake.
- Order labs and a bone density scan to evaluate bone health.
- Discuss plan for reducing fracture risk, including fall prevention, nutrition, weight bearing exercises, and treatment options with medication.
The Froedtert & MCW Bone Health Clinic is proud to announce they have received an Own the Bone Star Performer designation for the upcoming year, an achievement reserved only for institutions that perform the highest level of fragility fracture and bone health care.
Own the Bone Star Performers like the Froedtert & MCW Bone Health Clinic must achieve a 75% compliance rate with at least 5 of the 10 Own the Bone prevention measures, including: educating patients on the importance of Calcium and Vitamin D, physical activity, falls prevention, limiting alcohol intake and quitting smoking; recommending and initiating bone mineral density testing; discussing pharmacotherapy and treatment (when applicable); and providing written communication to the patient and their physician regarding specific risk factors and treatment recommendations.