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The Bone Health Program at TSAOG Orthopaedics & Spine was created as a Fracture Liaison Service (FLS) to identify those patients presenting with fractures that might indicate osteoporosis. We will investigate to determine if osteoporosis is present, and, if needed, start the patient on a course of treatment to manage their osteoporosis to reduce their risk of future fractures. Is it time for your fracture-vention?

What is Osteoporosis?

Orthopedic surgeons treat fractures all the time, but did you know that certain fractures can be a sign of a more serious underlying problem? If you are over the age of 50 and experience one of the following types of fractures, you should be screened for osteoporosis:

  • Wrist (Distal Radius) Fracture
  • Spine (Vertebral) Fracture
  • Hip Fracture
  • Shoulder (Proximal Humerus) Fracture

Osteoporosis is a disease of the bone in which you lose too much bone as you age, making your bones more porous than they should be and weakening their underlying structure. The more porous your bones become, the more likely they are to break.

illustration of healthy bone versus osteoporosis bone

Who is at Risk for Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis can affect both men and women, but multiple factors can increase your risk for developing osteoporosis, including:

  • Age – older people are at greater risk.
  • Race – people of Asian or Caucasian descent are at greater risk.
  • Gender – women are at greater risk than men.
  • Hormone Levels – a reduction in testosterone or estrogen can increase your risk for osteoporosis.
  • Eating Habits – a diet low in vitamin D and calcium can put you at greater risk.
  • Eating Disorders – bulimia or anorexia can increase your risk.
  • Lifestyle – people with a sedentary lifestyle are at greater risk.
  • Family History – a family history of osteoporosis or hip fractures can increase your risk
  • Smoking – recent studies have shown a relationship between smoking and reduced bone density.
  • Frame Size – a smaller frame size can increase your risk.
  • Medical Conditions – certain conditions (including Type 1 Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease) can increase your risk for developing osteoporosis.

Unchecked, these individuals are at significantly increased risk for additional bone loss and future fractures. That’s why TSAOG Orthopaedics & Spine created the Bone Health Program.


Fracture Follow-Up

If you are over the age of 50 and are treated for a fracture known to be indicative of osteoporosis, your physician may refer you for a Bone Health consultation. There, our Fractures Liaison Service (FLS) Certified Nurse Practitioner will work with you to:

  • Educate you on osteoporosis and why you are considered at risk.
  • Evaluate your specific case with a detailed history, physical, and referral for any additional testing necessary.
  • Establish a treatment plan, which might include lifestyle changes and medication to prevent further bone loss or even rebuild bone.
Kate Sheeran

Kate Sheeran, AGNP-BC

Fracture Liaison Service Certified by the National Osteoporosis Foundation

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Ridgewood Orthopaedic Center
19138 US-281 N
San Antonio, TX 78258
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San Antonio, TX 78229
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San Antonio, TX 78216
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5000 Schertz Parkway, #600
Schertz, TX 78154
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