If you’re over age 50 and break a bone from a trip, stumble or standing-height fall, your fracture is one too many—especially if it’s caused by undiagnosed osteoporosis.

We never want to treat another fracture. Period. That’s our goal and commitment here at the Fragility Fracture Program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Our program is specially designed to improve the care of anyone over the age of 50 who experiences fragile bone fracture due to osteoporosis. We want to get you back to your normal level of activity faster and, more importantly, prevent another fracture.

That’s because one fragility fracture can lead to another. Our specialized team works with you, to diagnosis, treat and prevent future fracture.


Conditions We Treat

Our specialized, multidisciplinary Fragility Fracture Program helps people over the age of 50 who spontaneously break a bone (except spine) as a result of a low-energy mechanism. This can mean taking a tumble from standing height or less, or incurring any other trivial injury that would not normally cause a fracture, such as participating in an everyday activity.

Diagnosis

Because so much of what we do starts with diagnosing osteoporosis and helping you understand and deal with the condition, we begin your evaluation with a physical exam and medical history. As part of our evaluation, we use the FRAX®, or Fracture Risk Assessment tool, to evaluate your risk of fracture. We also routinely order a DEXA scan, an X-ray that measures bone mineral density. Along with our examination, these diagnostic tests and assessments help us put you in a risk category to determine the best, most personalized treatment plan for you.

Because we participate in the American Orthopaedic Association’s Own the Bone® quality improvement program, we have access to additional tools and support to help you reduce future fracture and the impact of osteoporosis. Own the Bone® is a key component of our prevention and education program to help you prevent a subsequent fracture.

In addition to having access to nationally recognized tools, Own the Bone® helps us educate you about the importance of bone health and proper osteoporosis treatment.

Treatments

In addition to surgical treatment of any acute fragility fracture, our Fragility Fracture Program offers these services and treatments to speed recovery and prevent future fracture:

  • Nutrition counseling and education to promote healing, prevent malnutrition and reduce fracture risk
  • Physical activity recommendations, including balancing and weight-bearing exercises and physical therapy to improve strength and agility
  • Prescription medication to ensure adequate daily intake of important vitamins and minerals, such as calcium and vitamin D
  • Bone density testing to detect and monitor osteoporosis
  • Fall prevention education and screening and prevention clinics to identify risks and reduce or prevent future falls
  • Clinical trials to provide you with access to promising and proven treatments not yet available to the general public

Why Choose Ohio State?

Why choose Ohio State for fragility fracture treatments?

Comprehensive Care: We are central Ohio’s first Fragility Fracture Program and the only multidisciplinary program in the region. Our orthopedic surgeons work in conjunction with emergency medicine physicians and endocrinologists in the screening, prevention and treatment of fragility fracture in men and women over the age of 50. Our specialized team consists of fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons, physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, nutritionists and case managers who work together to provide the best possible outcome for you.

Leading Facilities: Our renovated Emergency Department has a dedicated fragility fracture area where we can expedite admissions and prioritize surgical treatments.

Patient Education: Nutrition counseling and education, physical activity recommendations and fall prevention are all an essential part of our comprehensive Fragility Fracture Program.

Surgical Expertise: Our fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons are fragility fracture and trauma specialists experienced in treating patients with multiple injuries and bone fractures.

Research: You’ll benefit from our involvement in research programs related to helping improve outcomes for fragility fracture, including fewer post-operative complications and a quicker return to daily activities.

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