Center for Orthopaedics Introduces Bone Health Central

Appointments are now available at Bone Health Central, a new service from Center for Orthopaedics.  Bone Health Central was founded to provide a convenient, comprehensive resource for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of bone disorders for both women and men.

According to orthopaedic specialist John Noble, Jr., MD, this new program is a natural fit for the Center for Orthopaedics. "We frequently see patients after a fracture has occurred due to weakened bone.  We can realign and fixate the fracture, but at this point, most of the damage to bone health is done and our options are limited regarding the prevention of future fractures.  As physicians, we want to do more than just 'fix' the immediate problem; we are interested in being proactive in the identification and prevention of conditions leading to loss of bone strength.  We want to be able to provide patients with services that will treat the underlying problem to prevent fractures from occurring in the first place.  Bone Health Central allows us to do just that and enhances our mission of providing total orthopaedic care to our community."

Osteoporosis is a progressive disease related to the loss of bone mass that causes bone to become thin, brittle, and more likely to break.  This condition will be an obvious focus of Bone Health Central, but Dr. Noble explains that the goal of the program is also to identify and definitively manage metabolic bone disease as well, which is another cause of weak bones.  "For instance," he says, "vitamin D deficiency may lead to weak bones in the absence of osteoporosis.  Also, some medications may decrease bone strength as well. We're taking a comprehensive approach that evaluates all possible risks to bone health."

Bone Health Central will offer more detailed diagnostic testing than bone density scanning alone to identify these underlying conditions, as well as a full range of treatment options.  "Patient education is an integral part of the program," says Dr. Noble.  "Our coordinator, Staci Boudreaux, PA-C, will provide an individualized educational program, including nutritional counseling, lifestyle modification, and assessment of future fracture risk.  Regular follow-up and monitoring is key, and Staci will work in conjunction with a patient's primary care physician and make referrals to other specialists when necessary, to ensure that every health issue contributing to bone health problems is being addressed."

Those people who are at risk for bone loss include:
• all women 65 years or older regardless of other risk factors
• all men 70 or older, even without risk factors
• postmenopausal women under 65 with one or more risk factors
• women or men 50 or older who have had a fragility fracture
• men or women being treated for osteoporosis
• anyone with back pain with possible fracture
• anyone with evidence of fracture or bone loss on spine x-rays
• those with significant loss of height
• those with diseases or taking medications that may cause bone loss