Hoag Orthopedic Institute Raises Awareness about Osteoporosis and Fragility
Fractures During National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month
May is National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month. Although an
estimated 9 million adults in the U.S. have osteoporosis and an additional
43 million have low bone mass, most will go undiagnosed and untreated.
A broken bone, also known as an osteoporotic or fragility fracture, can
be a serious complication of osteoporosis and is often the first sign
that a person has the disease. Unfortunately, only 20% of the nearly two
million individuals who experience fragility fractures each year are tested
or treated for osteoporosis. Those fractures are costly; nearly $18 billion
in related costs every year. By 2025, experts predict those numbers will
rise to nearly three million fractures and $25.3 billion in costs each year.
Hoag Orthopedic Institute (HOI) felt it was time to bring attention and
awareness to this silent public health epidemic, so in November 2013 it
launched the American Orthopaedic Association’s (AOA) Own the Bone
program. Through this program, hip fracture patients who are 65 years
of age or older are identified and receive tools and information from
a dedicated multi-disciplinary team with the goal of preventing future
“We are all very excited about the impact that this multi-specialty
program is already having on our patients here at Hoag Orthopedic Institute,”
said Marisa Swain, a clinical nurse specialist responsible for overseeing
the program at HOI. “‘Own the Bone’ is proving to be
an essential tool in helping to reduce fragility fractures in our community.”
Additionally, HOI focuses on specific, evidence-based measures to help
improve patient care after a fracture. This includes nutritional assessment
and education by a Registered Dietitian, safety and progression of physical
activity coordinated by a Physical Therapist and/or Occupational Therapist,
and lifestyle changes or modifications by a Clinical Nurse Specialist
(CNS) and physician. During follow-up phone calls to patients, which occur
60 – 90 days after a fracture, the CNS discusses key points from
the education initiated in the hospital and reviews other prevention measures
for future fractures.
To help promote National Osteoporosis Awareness month this May, HOI would
like to pass along a few tips on what the community can do to help protect
- Get adequate calcium and vitamin D, either through diet or supplements,
- Engage in regular weight bearing and muscle strengthening exercise.
- Avoid smoking and limit your alcohol to 2-3 drinks per day.
- Have you or a loved one had a broken bone over age 50? Talk to your health
care provider and get a bone density screening to determine if osteoporosis
might be the cause and learn additional steps you might need to take to
prevent future fractures.
“Here at HOI, we are continuously looking for ways to improve the
safety and wellbeing of our patients,” said Dr. Alan Beyer, Principle
Investigator on the quality improvement program. “We are so proud
to have a program like this that makes our patients feel confident and
empowered by taking a few measures to prevent bone fractures.”
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About Hoag Orthopedic Institute
Hoag Orthopedic Institute (HOI) is located in Orange County, California.
It consists of a 70-bed hospital located in Irvine and two ambulatory
surgery centers: Orthopedic Surgery Center of Orange County in Newport
Beach and Main Street Specialty Surgery Center in Orange. HOI has more
than 300 physicians on staff, including over 80 orthopedic specialists.
Achievements in patient safety and satisfaction, and growth initiatives
have propelled HOI to become the highest volume provider of joint replacements
in California. The physicians collaborate on more than 10,000 orthopedic
procedures annually. HOI also ranks in the 99th percentile for both overall
hospital rating and likelihood of recommending the hospital, according
to HCAHPS. HOI focuses in the treatments of the knee, hip and spine disorders,
and takes pride in specialty care related to sports medicine, orthopedic
trauma and extremities care. Since opening in 2010, HOI’s hospital
has been named by U.S. News & World Report and Becker’s Orthopedic,
Spine & Pain Management Review as one of the top orthopedic hospitals
in the nation. For more information, please visit
About the AOA
The American Orthopaedic Association, founded in 1887, is the oldest national
orthopaedic association in the world. The AOA’s mission is to engage
the orthopaedic community to develop leaders, strategies, and resources
to guide the future of musculoskeletal care. For more information, visit
www.aoassn.org or call (847)318-7336.