Bone Health/Osteoporosis

The Bone Health Clinic at Orthopaedic Associates is a one of a kind combination of preventative and treatment care that addresses the specific needs of individuals at risk for bone health problems. We are the only facility in the greater Evansville area with a caregiver certified as a Fracture Liaison Specialist (FLS). Rhiannon Anderson, PA-C, is specially trained to identify at risk individuals and offer customized treatment plans based on proven advancements in osteoporosis care and prevention. She joins Linda Mitchell, PA-C, who is ISCD certified with years of experience seeing patients with bone health problems. Together, with the oversight and exceptional care of our team of physicians, they offer patients counseling and treatment plans as they explore bone health wellness.

Osteoporotic Fracture Overview

  • The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) estimates that approximately 9 million women and 3 million men have osteoporosis.
  • An estimated 2 million osteoporotic fractures occur in the United States each year.
  • Osteoporosis has no obvious outward signs or symptoms.
  • 50% of all women & up to 25% of all men will suffer a fragility fracture in their lifetime.
  • If you have had a previous fracture you are two times as likely to sustain another.
  • Fragility fractures are reaching epidemic levels with more occurring each year than heart attacks, strokes, and breast cancer combined.

What can I do to help prevent a fragility fracture?

  • Do NOT smoke.
  • Limit alcohol intake to two drinks or less per day.
  • Eat foods rich in calcium daily such as milk, cheese, and yogurt. Almonds, broccoli, and sardines also contain calcium.
  • Supplements with calcium and vitamin D are also recommended. The daily allotment of calcium is 1,200 mg and the daily allotment of Vitamin D is 600 (IU).
  • Exercise daily as this can help make bones stronger.
  • Avoid falling. To help prevent falls, remove any throw rugs or other loose items around your home. If you are unsteady or lack strength, physical therapy could be considered. Use of an assistive device is also recommended.
  • You cannot control other risk factors like menopause, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease. These conditions, as well as family history and certain medications, will increase your risk.

What is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a condition of low bone mass making bones more fragile and likely to break. People with osteoporosis most often break bones in the hip, spine, and wrist. If you are over 50 with a fracture, there is a good chance that your fracture is related to osteoporosis.

How do I know if I have osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is called the “silent disease” because bone is lost with no signs. You may not know that you have osteoporosis until a strain, bump, or fall causes a bone to break. A bone mineral density test called a DEXA scan can detect osteoporosis. This test only takes about 15 minutes and can be scheduled for you at your bone health appointment.

What is osteopenia?

If you have bone loss not significant enough to be osteoporosis, it is considered
osteopenia. It can progress to osteoporosis; however, with changes to your diet and exercise along with early treatment, you can minimize the bone loss process.

To schedule a Bone Health appointment, please call 812-424-9291 or schedule online here.