October 20th is Osteoporosis Awareness Day and the Osteoporosis and Bone Health Center at the Medical University of South Carolina is encouraging everyone to take action today.
Did you know:
- Every 20 seconds someone in the United States breaks a bone as a result of osteoporosis.
- 20-25% of Caucasian women and men over 50 years have a prevalent vertebral fracture.
- 10 million Americans are estimated to have osteoporosis.
- One in five women with a vertebral fracture will sustain another one within twelve months.
- Clinical vertebral fractures are associated with an 8-fold increase in mortality, which is similar to the increase in mortality seen following hip fractures.
What can you do:
If you are a over the age of 40, take the one-minute online risk test created by the International Osteoporosis Foundation to see if you are at risk.
Watch for signs of possible verterbral fractures including:
- Have you lost height? (more than 3cm/just over one inch)?
- Have you recently had sudden, severe back pain?
- Hve you noticed an increased stoop in your back?
Make an appointment today with one of the multidisciplinary experts at the MUSC Osteoporosis and Bone Health Center.
If you are a health care provider:
Don’t miss the signs of a breaking spine:
- Vertebral fractures are under-recognized and under-treated
- Early diagnosis and treatment essential to prevent the fracture cascade
- Three major signs of vertebral fractures are height loss, back pain, and a stoop
Make sure your patients are getting the care they need to prevent future or repeated fractures.