Individualized Patient Education & Care for Bone Health

Mercy Health - Osteoporosis and Bone Health focuses on bone diseases. Osteoporosis, a silent and painless bone condition, is the most common bone disease and represents a major health problem for women and men in the United States. One in two women and one in five men over the age of 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their remaining lifetimes. The most common fractures associated with osteoporosis are at the wrist, spine and hip. A wrist fracture is often an unappreciated “red flag” that the risk of additional fractures is high. Spine fractures contribute to height loss, muscle pain and decreased mobility. Twenty percent of people who sustain a spine fracture will fracture again within the first year. Hip fracture is a serious consequence of osteoporosis with 20% mortality within one year for women and 30% mortality for men. Fifty percent of hip fracture patients must forgo their ability to live independently. This is a devastating outcome. 

Most patients are referred to Mercy Health - Osteoporosis and Bone Health Services after having completed bone density testing. We carefully review the past and present medical history, radiologic reports, laboratory results and bone density images with the patient. We have a strong commitment to patient education. The initial discussion includes calcium and vitamin D intake, safe exercise for bone health, an explanation of the bone density imaging results and bone treatment options. We emphasize the individualization of care. Not every patient we see is at high risk for fracture or needs bone treatment, but every patient can benefit from an understanding of his or her risk for fracture and measures to help reduce fracture risk. Our advocacy is not limited to individual patient education and care, but also to enhancing the understanding of osteoporosis and other bone diseases in the Cincinnati medical community and to the region at large.

Osteoporosis Expert Nelson Watts, MD Offers Best Practices for Primary Care Physicians in Evaluating Patients’ Fracture Risk

Mercy Health - Cincinnati, which provides advanced, quality, compassionate care in your neighborhood through its care network, announces that the Journal of the American Medical Association has published best practices from Mercy Health Physician Nelson Watts, MD to assist primary care physicians in evaluating and managing patients’ osteoporosis and fracture risk.

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