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May is National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month

May 1, 2014

 

New York, NY—May 1, 2014 - May is National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month.  An estimated 9 million adults in the U.S. have osteoporosis and over 48 million adults have low bone mass, most will go undiagnosed and untreated.  This disease leads to fragility fractures.  Fragility fractures can be debilitating for the elderly and sometimes even deadly.  Nearly 25% of patients who suffer a hip fracture die within one year.  Most of these patients probably experienced a more minor fracture previously due to osteoporosis, but the underlying disease when undiagnosed and untreated.  In fact, 80% of Medicare patients do not receive recommended osteoporosis care following a fragikity fracture.  It's time to bring attention and awareness to this silent public health epidemic.

 

Click here to read more about the steps Columbia Orthopedics has taken through The American Orthopaedic Association's (AOA) Own the Bone® program to take steps in helping to prevent patients from  osteoporosis caused by minor fractures


              

 

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