Sano Orthopedics Introduces Bone Health Clinic
Bone Health + Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a chronic, age-related disease which is associated with life-changing fragility fractures. One in two women and up to one in four men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis. The disease is serious, causing broken bones, pain, suffering and life-altering loss of mobility — yet it is treatable and even preventable.
Key facts to know
- You can’t feel your bones getting weaker, which means you can be high risk for fractures without knowing it.
- The risk of a subsequent fracture is highest within the first two years following a new fracture.
- The identification and management of osteoporosis in patients has been affected by Covid-19 pandemic by delays in obtaining a DEXA scan or in providing medication.
Who should care about bone health?
Although osteoporosis mainly affects older women, efforts to improve bone health should be considered across women and men’s lifespans. Certain individuals should be evaluated for osteoporosis:
- Women age 65+
- Men age 70+
- Adults who have a fracture at or after 50
- Younger postmenopausal women, women in the menopausal transition
- Men age 50 to 69 with clinical risk factors for fracture
Certain medical conditions or medications also increase risk of osteoporosis. Certain lifestyle factors do, too, like smoking.
Introducing Sano Bone Health & Wellness
To help our patients and community reduce their fracture risk, Sano is introducing a Bone Health & Wellness Clinic. “We see many fragility fractures caused by osteoporosis. And the fractures caused by osteoporosis can lead to serious disability, prolonged pain, admission to a nursing facility, or even death. With more education and resources for understanding bone health, we see an opportunity to prevent many of these injuries from happening in the first place,” reports Madison Schlenger, PA-C and bone specialist at Sano Orthopedics
Sano’s new Bone Health Clinic will be within their new Lee’s Summit facility. They will expand these visits to the other locations later this fall.
May is Osteoporosis Month
Osteoporosis is often called a “silent disease” because one can’t feel bones weakening. Despite this, Osteoporosis is preventable and treatable. Through diet, lifestyle changes, exercise, medication and/or prevention programming tailored to your individual risk, we can reduce fractures.