Osteoporosis and 'Own the Bone'
Fragility fractures have become nearly epidemic in the United States among older adults, with over 2 million fractures occurring each year, according to the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA). That's more than heart attacks, strokes and breast cancer combined.
Poor bone health often goes undetected, and patients who have had prior fractures are at a higher risk for future fractures. To address the osteoporosis treatment gap and prevent secondary fragility fractures, the AOA has developed the Own the Bone quality improvement program. Own the Bone provides tools to enable hospitals, medical centers and physician practices to identify, evaluate and treat fragility fracture patients over the age of 50 who are at risk of osteoporosis. The program ensures that post-fracture patients receive coordinated bone care under the supervision of their primary care physician, orthopedic surgeon or osteoporosis specialist.
Learn more about screening for osteoporosis.