Bone Health Program at Norton Healthcare

Approximately 9 million women and 2 million men in the United States have osteoporosis, a condition that causes bones to become weak or brittle. It can lead to various health issues, including an increased risk for falls and broken bones. Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital is proud to offer the Bone Health Program, a dedicated service to proactively prevent and treat osteoporosis. Most people with osteoporosis are unaware they have it until a serious fracture occurs.

The program uses a global approach to wellness that focuses on awareness and education for women and men. Through our partnership with Own the Bone, a web-based patient registry supported by the American Orthopaedic Association, we offer preventive services and treatment plans for all ages, from adolescents to seniors, who are at risk for or coping with bone health issues.

Bone Health Program features

The Bone Health Program at Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital screens, identifies and cares for individuals with bone health issues. It also provides education and support systems for making lifestyle changes to help bone health. The goal is to see improvement in the statistics and bring an end to second fractures, fragility fractures and increased risk for falls.

Participants in the program have access to:

  • A full range of specialists, therapists and health care professionals, including a physical therapist, dietitian, nurse practitioner and osteoporosis specialists
  • A nurse navigator for one-on-one support and assistance with bone health resources and referrals to specialists
  • Educational materials geared toward your specific age group and gender
  • Health and nutritional resources
  • Treatment of fractures caused by osteoporosis
  • The Own the Bone toolbox, which includes lifestyle counseling, bone mineral testing and medication therapy
  • A state-of-the-art bone densitometry DEXA scanner and dedicated technologists specifically trained in bone density scanning

Bone health nurse navigator

Our bone health nurse navigator is a specially trained professional who assists patients with the Bone Health Program. In addition to serving as a single point of contact, she is a compassionate educator, advocate and friend. Our navigator also can refer patients to specialists or health care resources as needed.

Bone health statistics

The U.S. surgeon general has identified osteoporosis and fragility fractures (a break caused by a fall from standing height or lower) as major public health issues. Here’s why:

  • More than 44 million people have low bone density or osteoporosis.
  • More than 2 million fragility fractures occur each year in the U.S. That’s more than the number of heart attacks, strokes and cases of breast cancer combined.
  • After a hip fracture, one in four women and one in three men will die within a year.
  • 50 percent of people who experience a hip fracture will use a wheelchair, walker or cane for the rest of their lives.
  • 80 percent of people who experience a fragility fracture do not receive appropriate osteoporosis care.

Learn more

In this video, Janet Dishion, Ph.D., a registered dietitian and clinical nutritionist at Norton Healthcare, shares why we should pay attention to our diets when it comes to healthy bones.

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