Your dedicated bone health clinic providing specialized care for patients suffering from osteoporosis.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a bone disease that gradually causes bones to become weak, leading to bone fragility that increases the chance of fractures to the spine, hips and wrists, particularly from falls. Osteoporosis means “porous bone” and when bones are porous, they lose density and become weak and brittle. People with osteoporosis are more likely to experience fractures occurring from a ground-level fall. The most common risk factors for osteoporosis include women and men over the age of 50 and post-menopausal women of any age.
Fragility Fracture Clinic
Specialty Orthopaedics is pleased to now offer a Fragility Fracture Clinic in Gainesville, Georgia with an established leading team specializing in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.
In addition to nutrition counseling, medications and fall risk prevention, we offer the following medical services to our patients:
- Onsite imaging
- DEXA bone density scanning
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Fall prevention education
- Calcium, Vitamin D level monitoring
Why is Treating Fragility Fractures Important?
Osteoporosis is often the cause of non-traumatic fractures. Since osteoporosis does not have any obvious symptoms it is often not recognized until a fracture occurs. The orthopaedic treatment of the fracture is only part of the needed care. Identification and treatment of the underlying cause can assist in the prevention of future fractures. Treatment recommendations may include a daily routine of exercise, such as walking and muscle strengthening; lifestyle modification, such as elimination of excessive alcohol and tobacco use; and ensuring adequate calcium and vitamin D intake. Medications may also be ordered that will assist in bone strengthening.
Meet Our Fragility Fracture Clinic Team
Specialty Orthopaedics is the first bone health program in North Georgia, led by Dr. John Vachtsevanos and certified nurse practitioner April Mangum who serve as the program coordinators.