Treating and Preventing Fragility Fractures

UW Health has established a clinic with the specific intent of treating and preventing fragility fractures that result from osteoporosis (weak bones). Our program of treatment and bone health education can help prevent repeat fragility fractures, which occur in 50 percent of women and 25 percent of men 50 years and older.

 

How do I set up a clinic appointment?

 

Patients being seen within the UW Health system who will benefit from our clinic's expertise will be automatically referred.

 

Our Clinic Leader

Kristyn J. Hare, PA

Kristyn Hare, PA-C, has a special interest in managing and treating osteoporosis as part of the Fracture Liaison Service (FLS), which serves patients that have experienced a low-impact (fragility) fracture. She is certified by the International Socie...


What to Expect When You Visit Our Clinic

  1. An evaluation to determine if any other factors are contributing to your low bone density, which may include lab tests.
  2. Ordering or discussing results of a bone density test.
  3. Recommendations regarding how much calcium, vitamin D and protein you need on a daily basis to keep your bones healthy.
  4. Discussion about medication to reduce fracture risk.
  5. Recommendations on exercises to help muscles and bones get stronger, which may include physical therapy. 
  6. Discussion of lifestyle factors, including prevention of falls, avoiding smoking, and reducing alcohol to reduce your risk of another broken bone.

What are fragility fractures?

 

Fragility fractures are bone fractures that occur from a fall from a standing height or lower. They are common for people with weak bones, or osteoporosis.

  • One in two women and one in four men older than 50 years old suffer fragility fractures.
  • Roughly two million people suffer fragility fractures each year in the United States.
  • Fragility fractures most often occur in the wrists, hips and spine.
  • People who suffer one fragility fracture are twice as likely to suffer another.
  • 80 percent of people who have suffered a fragility fracture are not treated for it, nor are they identified as being at greater risk for another fracture.

Why is treating fragility fractures important?

  • People who receive treatment for and education about fragility fractures are much less likely to suffer future fragility fractures.
  • Effective treatment and education focused on rehabilitation and changing behaviors that lead to weak bones, including excessive drinking, smoking and not getting enough calcium, can reduce the pain and recovery time.
  • Untreated fragility fractures often lead to worsening health, including increased pain, reduced mobility, depression and the inability to regain previous function and quality-of-life.

Fragility Fracture Resources