Laura Harris, PA-C is the Coordinator of the AOC Bone Health Clinic. She helps develop personalized treatment plans specific to each patient to reduce overall fracture risk, accelerate healing, and prevent subsequent fractures.
Osteoporosis is a bone disease that occurs when your body loses too much bone, makes too little bone, or both. 50% of women and 20% of men will break a bone from Osteoporosis. People with osteoporosis are at high risk for fragility fractures, or broken bones from a ground-level fall. Commonly broken bones are the hip, spine, and wrist.
Usually, diagnosis stems from known fragility fracture (broken bone from ground level fall), the surgeon notes poor bone quality or Bone Mineral Density Test. Unfortunately, there are no signs or symptoms of osteoporosis since you cannot feel your bones getting weaker. Some people may notice broken bone from ground-level falls, bone pain, or even height loss.
Trabecular Bone Score